So good news. The new drug has not caused any immediate negative reactions. Josie was home yesterday, dancing around the house and helping Matt cut the grass. Matt said with any new drug there is a chance of anaphylactic reaction, rejection, or other unknown side effects. Josie has reacted well to the medication thus far.
The medication takes time to ramp up the immune system. There's hope that the immune system will ramp up more quickly since Josie is a child, but no one knows for sure. Josie will go to Washington DC every week, on Thursday, for the next few months. She will only get the medicine every 3 weeks. The other visits will just be for follow up exams and blood work to check the efficacy of the drug and to generally see how Josie is doing.
We need to pray harder than ever. What Josie needs now, according to Matt, is time. This drug will take time to work. The immune system needs time to mobilize against this quickly moving cancer. The cancer is growing on Josie's spine, and there is a rather large lesion forming in her spine and vertebrae. There is a possibility that action will be taken against this spreading area of the cancer. In other words, the doctors may recommend radiation or other treatment specifically targeted towards this spinal lesion. Reason being, Josie needs as much time as possible so that we can see if this drug will work against the whole cancer.
Thank you again everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Matt, Alissa, Jo, Sam, and Josh are very grateful and feel your love.