Week 157: Progression

Written by Lars Haakon Soraas

Week 157 in the war on lung cancer has passed. Here are the highlights:

  • We got the results of the latest CT scan of Dyanne’s lungs. Unfortunately the scan shows that there are three metastasis which are growing. They are each around 8-9 mm. There are also some smaller metastasis, but it is a bit more uncertain if they are growing or not.
  • The results from the MR scan of the brain are not yet ready, but should be in the coming week.
  • We are working on a plan for how to deal with the progression in the lungs. A biopsy is being planned and may guide further treatment. We are also exploring options, ranging from local treatments (for instance radiation) to combination therapies to switching to chemotherapy.
  • One thing we have looked into for a while is doing a fecal microbiota transplant (FMT). Such a transplant can, potentially, help with everything from stomach issues to improving the immune system. There are studies showing the bacteria we have in our guts can either help, or hinder, the response to immunotherapy treatments. We finally found a place that could do this and in Friday this week Dyanne got her microbiota upgraded (let’s hope it is an upgrade…).
  • Dyanne has been in pretty good shape most of the week.

We are currently in Frankfurt, where Dyanne will get another vaccine injection tomorrow. We will also meet with Prof Vogl to discuss whether ablation of the three growing metastasis can be an option. And we are going to Heidelberg to meet another doctor there on Wednesday and discuss options with him.

Greetings from Frankfurt.


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