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Date:01/19/2014 6:15 PM (GMT-06:00)
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Posted 1 day agoThe scans Jonas had on Wednesday showed that there was no new metastasis in his body. The radiation did reduce the one tumor in his right lung, but the cancer continues to grow and spread in the lungs in general.Our new oncologist has put together a plan that would resemble something like the trial we were trying to enroll Jonas in. The first step is getting a biopsy of one of the tumors in the lungs and having it tested. They will check the tissue to make sure this is the same cancer- -Ewings Sarcoma - -that he has been treated for all along. (Chemotherapy, radiation, transfusions, etc....all of which Jonas has had.... can cause secondary cancers.) If this is a different type of cancer, we would need to attack it differently. The testing will also help to rule out drugs that will not work.So, after scans on Wednesday, Jonas was scheduled for an immediate biopsy procedure. He went into the hospital on Wednesday evening, had laparoscopic surgery on Thursday, spent the Friday recovering and will be discharged this afternoon, Saturday.Even though laparoscopic surgery is less invasive, it can still be very painful. In Jonas's case, they made three incisions into his left ribcage, under his left arm, through the spaces between his ribs to retrieve a slice of the largest tumor on his left lung. This tumor is attached to the lung but is growing outside the lung between the lung and the heart, extending out and attaching to the chest cavity wall. The surgery was very successful and they got a large slice of the tumor, but he is still pretty uncomfortable. He is well enough to go home today, recuperate tomorrow and start chemotherapy on Monday. It will take about ten days for the tissue to be analysed, at which point the chemotherapy regimen will be altered according to the findings.For now, he's pretty doped up and resting comfortably.
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About JonasJonas is 15 years old now and was admitted to the hospital two
years ago to the day....with Ewings...ADVERTISEMENT