Lauren Update VII

So far today has been good. Well… let me rephrase that, We had to taken Lauren to the ER at around 2AM and didn’t get back to the hotel till about 4AM. We then proceeded to wake up just a few short hours later and have since been at the hospital with Lauren. She is doing fine she usually has 1 BM every other day and she had about 5 within 4-6 hours so as new parents we kinda freaked. Which was good. The DR in the ER was glad we came and told us everything was fine with her vitals so we went back to the hotel.

Our first medical appointment today was with Dr. G. #2 the oncologist. He gave us some very good news. Lauren at this point does not need chemo therapy so they don’t have to put in the port for it or even do the spinal tap right now since the markers in her blood are going down. The tumor has been classified as a grade 1 mature teratoma. After reviewing the biopsy they also believe that it does not possess any cancerous cells, which goes along with the prior info we received. Duke wanted to verify and check everything in addition to running tests besides the ones MCG did. The oncologist was shocked when we told them they did a PET scan on Lauren. He questioned how they got that approved, which now makes me wonder.

Our 2nd meeting was with Dr. G. #1 and it went well too. They really feel that Lauren’s chances of survival have shot up considerably since they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is not cancer at this time. Lauren will be getting blood drawn every month to make sure the markers are still going down and we will be returning to Duke every couple months for repeat MRI’s to monitor the tumor and make sure it does not change or become aggressive. The surgery is going to be pushed back to about 7 or 8 months of age, they have said this is the most opportune time to do the surgery. Right now her bones are soft and frail but by then they will be much stronger and she will be bigger making the surgery somewhat easier. The other advantage is that the bone will regenerate it’s self quite well at this time, if they wait past the one year mark it will no longer regenerate. They’re actually going to have to move bone around etc… and quite literally remove the bone covering the frontal lobe of her brain to reach the tumor. There is also going to be some major reconstruction which if they did now is extremely difficult. Having more time and growth will make things a bit easier.

As the doctors said, we are far from out of the woods but it was a good day with good news and better chances for our daughter. Please continue to pray for Lauren, that nothing would change in the course of the next few months and that she would grow and become stronger for the surgery that one of the doctors labeled as “heroic”. It’s still going to be a long road and long recovery when the time comes.


~ by Dan Browne on March 26, 2008.

9 Responses to “Lauren Update VII”

  1. Oh the power of prayer!!! πŸ™‚ I am rejoicing that Lauren does not have cancer! \o/ Thank You, Lord!!! πŸ™‚


  2. Sounds like good news! We are praying for Lauren and the both of you everyday! Please let us help if you need anything!

  3. yes Jesus. Thank you Lord.

  4. You have been included in many, many prayer lists; we are thinking of you often. She is a beautiful little girl!

  5. WOW!

  6. Our prayers are being answered, everyone continue praying its been one month today. Our Lord is good. Love and prayers, Jean

  7. This is awesome news – thanks for the update. Still praying for you all and the medical team.

  8. WOW!!!

  9. Dan – that’s so wonderful. Glad to hear she is doing better. You’re in my thoughts & prayers!

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