Yesterday we got some
good GREAT news!
Great News #1:
My sister saw her Nephrologist (kidney specialist) at Emory. When I received the long awaited phone call, I was excited (to say the least) that she had good news. Her doctor informed her that her blood work, along with other tests, indicate that the chemotherapy treatment is working. Now granted, we will have to wait until her therapy is completed to know for sure that it worked. Her treatments will continue for 6 more months. At that time, we will know if her kidney disease is in remission. Even though she has to endure this *not-so-fun* medicine, there is a big positive to it. As for now, she does not have to change the chemo to a stronger, more miserable, dosage.
Great News #2:
As a preventative measure, Jennifer's doctors recommended that she be tested for the breast and ovarian cancer gene. The correct name for this test is BRACAnalysis testing. Since both my mother and one of her sisters have had breast cancer, Jennifer's doctors felt that having this information would be beneficial. If I have read correctly, women who have this gene have an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. If a woman tests positive for this gene, her risk for developing breast cancer dramatically increases. "Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, MD, a Breast Health Specialist at the Mayo Clinic, estimates that 20% of women who carry BRCA1 mutations will develop breast cancer by age forty, 51% by age fifty, and 87% by age sixty." How scary is that? The ovarian cancer risk increases as well. Since Jenn has this rotten kidney disease, the doctors felt that this information would be beneficial to know. Unfortunately, her kidney disease wouldn't allow aggressive treatment if she were to develop either of these cancers. Since the gene is hereditary, my mom was tested. She is NOT a carrier! Therefore, the odds of Jennifer (or I) having the gene is very slim. This, of course, does not mean that we will not develop either of these cancers, but our normal risks are not increased.
This news made my day! I can't tell you how relieved I am that her treatments are working. After all she has been through, she deserves this good news. To all of you that have been praying for her, THANK YOU! Your prayers are working.