There are 2 more girls about Courtney's age at St. Jude. We met one yesterday. She is an 18 year old who has had melanoma for about 10 months now. She had a Stage 2, like Courtney. She went through the high dose and was taking the peg interferon, and had to stop at 23 weeks, I believe, because they found a lump on her neck. They did surgery to remove 2 lymphnodes and they tested positive for melanoma. She is currently doing 5 radiation treatments. So, in 10 short months, she went from a Stage II to a Stage III while on treatment. This is so frightening. There is also another 16 year old, but we have not met her yet.
We return to the hospital on October 25, 2011. She is almost due for her PET scan and that will tell if the cancer has spread to any of her organs. I asked the doctor to see if they can tell if the cancer is spreading by her bloodwork. He said no, but her LDH may rise a little bit if it was. It is all we can do .... is watch and wait, and hope and pray.
UPDATE: October 4, 2011
Courtney had her blood drawn yesterday to check her liver, and St. Jude just called to tell us that her counts are back to normal, and she can resume treatment tomorrow. Thank the Lord!!