Update from Jess -
Natalie saw her Oncologist today at Methodist Hospital. They have decided to admit her to Methodist and begin radiation treatments immediately today. Her oncologist is expecting that she will be at Methodist for at least a week. While it's not “fun” to be in the hospital at all, this is probably the best place for Natalie right now so that they can manage her pain and monitor her blood counts.
It does not sound like the Mayo has any clinical studies that would be applicable for Natalie at this time, so she will not be going there as we thought earlier in the week. From what my mom indicated, it sounds like the cancer is on the bone of her spine, and not on/in the spinal cord, so it was important to begin radiation today in attempt to prevent that from happening.
We'll try to keep this site updated as much as possible. Natalie is pretty tired and still trying to get her pain under control, so visitation should probably be kept limited for now - but we will keep you updated.Thank you for your continued support!
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