It was a long day at the Mayo Clinic. Dan’s first appointment was at 10 AM. The Mayo Clinic had been waiting for the University of Minnesota to send them the records on the Gamma Knife procedure Dan underwent 3 years ago. Those records didn’t arrive until this morning. These records are essential because
it’s difficult to differentiate a previously radiated met from one that needs to be zapped. It’s important that they know what is old and what is new, because it’s not a good idea to radiate the same area of the brain multiple times (especially if it’s not necessary)
After 2 days of planning out the SRT procedure, the specialists at the Mayo learned that one of the spots they were planning to radiate was the same spot left over from the Gamma Knife procedure 3 years ago. They also found 3 more spots that they felt were new mets. This change of plans meant a major postponement of the SRT procedure today. For several hours doctors and radiologists checked and rechecked the new plan.
Finally, after the waiting room had long emptied, they called him back. The procedure went well. And at the end, Dan got to ring the bell of hope, because he completed his radiation treatment.
We won’t know the final outcome until Dan returns to the Mayo in mid October for a new MRI and CT. In the meantime, Dan will continue on the Tagrisso and hopefully, if his MRI looks good, he will be accepted into a trial.
We will arrive home tonight in time for bed. We are so grateful for your continued prayers and encouragement.
God bless you!
Dan and Heather