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July 28, 2011

Dear Friends, Michael went through scans last week and the results showed that the tumors are still present on the left eye orbit and upper spine.  They did show a slight decrease in size.  There were no signs of new cancer. Michael has been going through chemo treatments this summer and will do one more round in Dallas next week.  He will then go to Houston to M.D. Anderson for radiation on the spinal tumor from Aug. 7-26.  Alison plans to travel to Houston with both Michael and Emory for the three weeks of treatment, and they will try to come home to Dallas for the weekends. Michael received radiation on the left eye orbit last spring so they will not radiate the eye area at this time.  After consulting over the past two months with Sloan Kettering in NYC, CMC in Dallas, Cook in Fort Worth, and TX Children's in Houston, this is the consensus for treatment.  All agree surgery is not an option at this time, but may be in the future.  The chemo and radiation combination are showing slow, small decreases in the cancer.  Upon coming home from Houston at the end of August, Michael will continue chemo treatments every 3-4 weeks.  They will scan again…

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