Thursday, August 4, 2011
Rilley's 9th post surgical month comes with more positive test results.
In the strips dated 2-4-2011 and 5-24-2011 you will notice that horizontal lines have appeared. These lines represent the antibodies that are specific to single proteins that were on Rilley's tumour. The theory is that some, but not necessarily all of the antibodies may have direct anti-tumour effects by triggering other immune cells in Rilley's body to recognize and kill a tumour. Now that Rilley is tumour free, as proven by the last two MRIs, these antibodies will now stand guard in an attempt fight off any recurrence of his specific tumour.
As I quoted from Dr. Ohlfest's email above, this helps to explain why Rilley has done so well. We are hopeful that the same tests run this coming November, our one year (and final) follow up visit, will yield the same results.