Here is the information we received today on Jantzen's MRI, lumbar puncture, and hearing test that was done yesterday. Share This Update!
Lumbar puncture was CLEAR of any cancer cells!!!
MRI shows the tumor on the brain stem is not any larger or any smaller. (Jantzen will stay on course with chemotherapy orally at home for the next six months with blood work and physicals weekly)
Hearing test was PERFECT!!! (They reported they are glad to know he can hear them..... Maybe just some selective hearing)
Please continue to pray for more shrinkage of rumors. Today was great news. We are definitely moving in the right direction.
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I have a lot to update on today. Jantzen has had several blood transfusions in the past few weeks. He has also been on an appetite stimulant that is WORKING! On April 2nd, we received the amazing news that his largest tumor showed shrinkage, so we know it's responding to treatment. Also, his spinal fluid was clear of any cancer cells.
The next step for Jantzen is the consolidation chemotherapy stage. He will remain hospitalized for 5 days due to the need to monitor the metabolism of the new chemo meds. Another MRI will be done on June 2nd and the last phase of Chemotherapy will be done at home following the results of that MRI.
PLEASE PRAY for continued shrinkage of tumors and that Jantzen's appetite remains healthy. Also, any financial help given to Martha, Jennifer, and Jantzen is much appreciated. Please Pray for them all on June 2nd.
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I apologize for the delay on an update on Jantzen.
Jantzen is such an amazing little boy and he continues to fight! His feeding tube has been removed and his appetite is much improved. He is a HUGE fan of Cheetos. Yummy! He is even feeling well enough to enjoy time at the park. He especially loves the slides. Jantzen is one determined boy......he doesn't even allow his nausea stop him from playing! Jantzen is also working with a physical therapist to build his leg muscles to hopefully start walking soon.
Jantzen is now about to start the next phase of chemotherapy. This phase is consolidation where he will receive chemotherapy three times per week and remain in the hospital for five days, once per month.
We are specifically requesting prayers for AWESOME results on April 1st when he will have his next MRI, Lumbar Puncture, and hearing test to see how effective the treatments have been. Please pray that his testing goes smoothly and that the tumors have continued to shrink.
Wonderful report on Jantzen today from his mother, Jennifer Manlove:Share This Update!
Jantzen's doctor just came in and gave the best news of the year so far.....
Jantzen's tumors have shrunk in size significantly. They were able to locate a third, additional tumor on his spine, but it appears to be shrinking in size as well. The tumors in his brain are no longer aplying pressure on his brain. I am one happy momma today!!!!!
This has been a tough week on little Jantzen. After an intense round of chemotherapy, Jantzen's appetite has diminished, resulting in the placement of a feeding tube. Jantzen was also diagnosed with an extremely contagious virus, Clostridium difficile. He wil remain at Children's Medical Center of Dallas until things change for the positive. Your continued prayers for Jantzen, Jennifer, and Martha are appreciated. Please pray that Jantzen's appetite will return to normal and tear the bacteria causing the C Diff will not cause permanent colon/intestine damage. Share This Update!
Thank you all for the continued support!
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Please go see the awesome story about Jantzen at www.tennisfortworth.com
. He could also use some prayers too. Thanks so much!
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Just wanted to make a correction- the link to the Jantzen story is on www.tennisfortworth.com
. Go check it out....and say a prayer for sweet Jantzen too. Thanks!
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I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas. Jantzen has had an eventful December. He has been going for chemotherapy treatments two to three times per week, still at Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Jennifer, Martha, and Jantzen were all extrememly happy that they were able to spend Christmas Day in the comfort of their own home. Once per month the chemotherapy medications adminitered are of a higher potency and this causes a great deal of discomfort for Jantzen and typically requires him to be hospitilized longer than normal.
These powerful chemotherapy medications have a side effect that may hinder Jantzen's hearing. Since he is at an age where he is learning to speak this is of major concern.
Please pray for positive results of his next MRI and hearing test to be held on February 2nd.
Also, a special thank you to Lisa Kilborn, of fortworthtennis.com, and to David Webb, of Richland Tennis Center, for their sharing of Jantzen's story.
Jantzen will get his second round of chemotherapy today. Please say a prayer for him. They will introduce three new meds, and plan to be home by Monday. If all goes as planned he will be able to celebrate Christmas at home!!!!Share This Update!
Jantzen has had an eventful week to say the least. After some confusion Hmiscommunication from doctors, Jantzen is FINALLY getting his port placed needed to start chemotherapy today! He has also had a shunt placed to drain the fluid from his brain to his stomach that will remain permanently. This week Jatzen has been to a tree lighting, had a fun meeting with Santa, and even enjoyed a little dance with a band. It seems that Children's Medical Center in Dallas is taking excellent care of him, his mother and grandmother. Please continue to pray. Chemo should start tomorrow or Sunday.Share This Update!