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Preliminary MRI results [Oct. 10th, 2006|04:01 pm]
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Yesterday Justin had his second MRI since beginning Phase II Antineoplastons. As always, he handled everything like the champion that he is. Like the champion he will always be. While Justin was recovering from the anesthesia, we met briefly with one of the radiologists. After introductions, the first words from her mouth were "the tumor is larger." Of course, your heart goes in your throat when you hear this. After a more detailed description, it seems that the cystic formation that is within the tumor is what is larger. This is what is making the overall measurements of the tumor to be larger. Perhaps this is again what Burzynski expects to see? Anything larger in that small area makes us worry, though. The enhancing area (the cancerous portion) is actually smaller than on the previous MRI (August.) This is very good news.

Hopefully we will hear from Burzynksi by tomorrow with their official report. After all, they know what they want to see. Hopefully the news from them will be encouraging. I'll post again when I receive the news.

Justin has been showing some symptoms lately which have us worried. He's been drooling a little and his speech isn't as clear as it was in recent months. He seems a little weaker and not as steady on his feet, and he's been needing a little more help with walking lately. Of course, some of these things could just be our paranoia as any change we notice we naturally get nervous.

Like I said, I'll update when I get the official report. As always, thanks for keeping Justin in your thoughts and prayers.


Jeff
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-10-11 09:55 am (UTC)

In Our Prayers

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Justin,

Just dropping a line to say Hi and to let you know that you continue to be in our prayers. Your a tough little.... no,.... BIG man. Your strength and courage has made a difference to more people than you know. Thank you.

Jim
From: (Anonymous)
2006-10-11 12:54 pm (UTC)

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I check Justin's website frequently. Although I do not know Justin personally I am aware of his situation. His courage amazes me. What a strong little guy. You can see how much your family and friends love you Justin. From all their posts and all the fundraisers. Stay strong kid you can beat this.
From: (Anonymous)
2006-10-12 05:36 am (UTC)

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we're thinking of you guys... we've been told that the tumour will get bigger and take up more space while it is breaking down - this will increase symptoms temporarly until the cyst part of the tumour gets absorbed... its really scary though isn't it?? hannah has had some increased symptoms and then the next day they seem to be gone... its so hard to know what is going on... I really hope that you get the good news from houston - we're in the Burzynski building and we'll send out the good vibes! Take care, Kathie Hatlen (Hannah's mom)