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May 18, 2011

Dear Friends and Family, Michael had all of his scans and his bone marrow biopsy last week at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth. Their scanning technology is a little more advanced, so we feel more comfortable getting his scans done there from this point forward. Michael's Bone scan shows the same cancer around the orbit in his left eye, in the eye socket. Michael's CT scan shows the same cancer in the left eye, but slightly smaller. There is also a second spot, a mass on his spine, between the middle and upper spine. His bone marrow is negative, so currently there is no cancer in the marrow. In his MIBG scan, there are two spots that are very faint, and they are on his skull and his spine. However, they are so "dimly lit" that they do not qualify as significantly MIBG avid spots. So this is good news, because there is no additional cancer showing up on this scan other than those two iffy areas. This means he does not qualify for MIBG treatment, which is also good. Since the two new areas of concern that we learned about from the Bone and CT scan (in the…

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