MD Anderson

We are back from our appointment at MD Anderson and were so thrilled with the facility. Dr. Yung is amazing!  He gave us the answers that we have been looking for and told us what we needed to hear.

Basically, there are three different types of treatments for this type of tumor.  You can do just radiation.  You can do just chemo.  Or you can do chemo and radiation together.  The type of treatment depends on two chromosomes that are either deleted in your body or not.  It seems so strange that these two chromosomes can make that much of a difference, but they truly do.  

We are waiting to hear back from pathology as to whether Ricky has the 1P/19Q chromosomes deleted.  Our prayers are that THEY ARE DELETED.  That is the best case scenario.  If they are deleted, it makes the tumor more chemosensitive and easier to treat. If they are deleted, he will begin his treatment with chemo only.  They will do MRI scans every two months and will not do any radiation unless they notice any changes in his scans. They do not believe in overtreating at MD Anderson, so they will only do the treatment as they see it is necessary.   Please pray that these chromosomes are deleted!!!!  

If they are not deleted, then they would continue on with radiation and chemo together.  The chromosomes make it more difficult to treat the tumor with chemo only, so radiation is also needed.

Dr. Yung said that he was extremely pleased with the removal of the tumor.  He said that Dr. McPherson did a wonderful job and that he removed the most important and crucial areas.  

Thank you all for the continued prayers and concerns!  We are doing great and our spirits are high.  We feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be here in Houston at the top cancer facility in the states.  We know that God has led us here and this is where we need to be.  I leave you with this verse that truly spoke to me this morning.  God is so good and he goes above and beyond what we need.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

Ephesians 3:20

5 Responses to “MD Anderson”

  1. 1 Ruth Bronoske September 10, 2008 at 1:49 am


    I can tell that the ‘tip’ that I gave you (to keep your eyes wide open and you’ll see God’s help ALL ALONG THE WAY)has been helpful to you.

    Keeping MY eyes wide open is truly how I have managed to stay chipper during the past few years since my diagnosis–even during those times when I have been terribly ill from the treatments. Those two verses in Psalms have served as proof’ to me that He ALWAYS has my back!

    (Just to remind you: In Psalm 34:17, God promises to be CLOSE to those going through storms. “….to be our source of power, courage, and wisdom to those who call on Him”. And Psalm 46:1 says: “God is our refuge and strength….and ever-present help during times of trouble”).

    Don’t forget that some of the things God will put in front of you to help you through will be so mi-nute that you might very easily miss it if you don’t keep your eyes wide open… the warm sun shining down on you after freezing your butt off in a cold doctor’s office for the past hour…..or the song on the radio that tells you He’ll “Never Let Go”. (That’s a Matt Redman song, by the way, and I highly recommend that you play it whenever you start to feel discouraged).

    I have found it helpful… I’m laying in bed each night….to make a ‘mental list’ of as many “helpful things” as I can possibly remember God putting in my path that day. It is AMAZING how many I end up thinking of….and it is a wonderful way to go to sleep at the end of a tough day.

    Please don’t hesitate to call me, Tracey….if you need some encouragement….even if it is in the middle of the night.

    In Him who DOES have your back!


  2. 2 Erin Pote September 10, 2008 at 3:59 am

    The miracle of modern medicine! That is amazing. We hope and pray for Ricky to be have 2 chromosomes deleted…sounds crazy to say! Keep up those positive thoughts and good spirits.

  3. 3 Rick Sweet September 10, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I will always pray for nothing but good things for both of you. You are constantly in my thoughts. Thank you for the updates.

  4. 4 Brian & Renee Estridge September 10, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Happy Birthday Riley! Hope Ricky has the delted chromosomes. We will be watching for the update and continue to pray for you all.

  5. 5 Kim Berkemeier September 10, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Tracey. Just wanted you to know that we’re soooo praying for you. We’ve “been there, done that” so know that I UNDERSTAND. I understand the pain of being a wife watching the person you share everything with in pain. I understand the feeling of uncertainty. I understand the fear. GOD WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH! I talked to Krista and told her to let you know that I’m always here when you need and ear!

    Love you all!

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