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September 20, 2012
To add anything to this message from Chris below could only diminish it. We spoke with Zach from Saint Petersburg last night. He could not have sounded better.
Hello everyone. I have some very good news to report. The pathology report is complete on Zach's most recent tumor. Given that we already knew from the frozen sections during surgery that we were dealing with a cancerous tumor, the outcome could not have been better. The tumor that the surgeon removed 2 weeks ago is a grade 1 astrocytoma. The treatment for this type of tumor is surgical resection (which has already been done) and follow up MRIs. In 90% of cases of this type of tumor, the tumors do not return. If they do return they are very treatable with very low dose oral chemotherapy.
We, including the doctors, were all very surprised by this diagnosis. There will be no additional treatments necessary at this time. A follow up MRI will be done in 2 weeks to assess the remaining surrounding brain swelling which they are continuing to treat with steroids. Zach still has a deficit on his left side due to the seizure, but the doctors feel sure that he will regain all strength and abilities that he has lost. Zach is going to physical therapy 3 days a week and continues to get stronger every day. A surgery is still planned in about 3 weeks to remove the hickman catheter in Zach's chest which they used to administer his chemo treatments for his January tumor.
Zach's spirits remain as high as ever. The doctors have assured us that a complete cure is still a real possibility. Thank you all so much for your continued prayers. Having wonderful friends and family has made this ever changing situation so much easier on Zach, John, Julia, and me. I will continue to update on Zach's progress.
Thank you again,
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