I just wanted to update you on the Stuart’s current health. As you know, six weeks ago Stuart began taking Crizotinib twice daily to treat his lung cancer caused by a mutated ROS1 gene. The medication started to work almost immediately with few side effects which subsided after 4 days or so. Stuart’s heart rate, oxygen levels, energy levels and color all began to return to normal. He has been feeling well and has resumed our ~ 2 mile hikes with Sadie, walks around Needham (including walking up West Street) and biking on the stationary bike. In fact, just his morning he biked 12 miles!
Today we met with the oncologists at Dana Farber following Stuart’s contrast CT scan. The doctors were so excited to tell us the results of the imaging; the areas within in the lungs which had appeared fuzzy…or as they call it, “broken glass” were all clear. Only one small area remained cloudy but the doctors feel it is either due to inflammation from the medication or a small area the drug hasn’t targeted yet. In either case, they were not at all concerned. In fact, one of the doctors said that if she didn’t know what was going on and saw this CT scan, she would not think it was lung cancer. Both oncologists are thrilled with the progress made in such a short time. Just to clarify, Stu is not “cured”. The cancer is most likely still there even if not visibly evident. He will most likely always remain on this drug as long as it continues to work. So we continue to think positively and hope the medicine continues working and the cancer does not figure out how to get around it!
Our next visit to DFCI will be in 7 weeks which will include another contrast CT scan, blood work and visit with the oncologists. Until then, continue sending positive energy, it’s much appreciated!