We Have A Plan…..Finally

After much discussion back and forth with MD Anderson, we now have a plan in place for the next step in Greg’s treatment.  On March 27th, Greg will have open heart surgery to remove the tumor that is on his heart.  There is a real possibility that the surgeon will have to insert a pacemaker, but we are praying that it won’t be needed. 

Before the surgery, we will be meeting with the research nurse in charge of the TIL clinical trials to discuss the option of  harvesting  T-cells from the removed tumor.  These cells would be expanded and frozen and kept for use in the TIL trial, should we decide to pursue that route of treatment at a later date.  We don’t know a lot about this trial yet, but I did find a good article that seems to explain it pretty well.  You can read that article here.

We don’t know for sure yet, but it sounds like after Greg recovers from this surgery, they will do another surgery to remove the tumor that is in his thigh.  They don’t want to do that surgery simultaneously with the heart surgery because they want him to be able to be up and moving quickly after the heart surgery to help make his recovery as quick as possible.  We are praying that the tumor will be miraculously removed and no further surgery will be needed! 

For now, Greg is feeling pretty good although he does have a bit of a head/chest cold.  He continues to be able to go to work every day, along with exercising on a regular basis.  For this we are so thankful!

We continue to put our faith and trust in God and believe Him for Greg’s complete healing!  He is faithful and He is good!

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kim
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 05:45:05

    Greg & Sandra, know that we are praying for this special need. Psalm 23.

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  2. Don & Mary Alice
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 10:11:30

    Greg & Sandra,
    We are praying for you each day. We love you and our thoughts and prayers will continue with you and your family. You are special to us! Don & Mary Alice

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    • sandra
      Mar 22, 2013 @ 20:31:34

      Don and Mary Alice,
      It’s good to hear from you! Hope that you are both doing well. Thanks so much for your prayers!

      Trusting His Plan,
      Greg and Sandra

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