Sunday, March 19, 2023

Cycle 13 Complete / Clip in 4 the Cure

Caroline was discharged from Vanderbilt on Saturday and is now home resting.  Other than the "normal" nausea and belly pain, the week was relatively uneventful.  She will get daily Leukine shots for the next week to help bring up her neutrophils (immune system).  We're hoping she recovers well at home, and is able to enjoy the next two weeks of "track out break" from school.

This coming Saturday (3/25), Caroline will be speaking as an ambassador for the hospital at the "Clip !n 4 the Cure" event, which raises funds for cancer research to find cures.  If you’d like to support the event by participating or donating to the cause, click here for the link.  

Thank you for the continued prayers - they mean so much.

All the best,
The Lantz Family

Peace out, Cycle 13!

Here is a promo video Caroline made for the VUMC social media crew to promote Clip In 4 the Cure!

Monday, March 13, 2023

Cycle 13 on 3/13

Caroline made her blood count requirements today for inpatient admission of Cycle 13 (of 17) for chemotherapy/immunotherapy treatment for her relapsed Neuroblastoma.  She is in good spirits...especially with the fun room decorations ☘️ for St. Patrick’s Day, thanks to the help of Michelle P.!

Please pray for a relatively uneventful week of side effects; we hope to be discharged on Saturday.

The Lantz Family

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Unplanned Hospital Stay

Unfortunately, after just a couple days home from Cycle 12, Caroline went to the ER with intense stomach pain and was admitted back into Vanderbilt.  A CT scan showed inflamed intestines and bowels, so she was admitted inpatient while we waited on results from all the lab work.  It was determined to be a nasty bacterial infection called C. Diff, ironically commonly acquired in a hospital setting.  C. Diff is very dangerous for someone who is immunocompromised, so they don’t mess around with diagnosis, admission and treatment.  The symptoms hit her quickly - extreme belly pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Once we knew the cause, a targeted antibiotic was started asap, as well as IV fluids for the entire stay.  By Friday, she seemed to have turned a corner, and was able to go home on Saturday, after being there for 5 days.

Caroline will continue on the antibiotic for this rest of the week, and is back to eating and drinking normally again.  We're hoping THIS week we can really catch a much needed break, and get her back to school and some routine.  It's been a very tough week for all four of us.

Thank you, as always, for the continued support and prayers.

The Lantz Family

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Cycle 12 and Life Update

Today, Caroline completed Cycle 12 (of 17) of her chemo/anti-body treatment for relapsed Neuroblastoma.  It was a relatively "uneventful" cycle with "just" the expected side effects: fever, nausea, diarrhea, etc.  She is now home resting and recovering, and we're hopeful she feels well enough to go back to school this upcoming week.

Caroline has been busy this past month enjoying fun activities and time with friends and family.  She started guitar lessons, got a visit from Aunt Joanna and Mr. Ryan, watched her first Junior Hockey game with the Accardo family, learned to ice skate, attended a Predators home game, brought Hank to school, and visited Andrew on his first day at work!  We are so happy that she can take part in some "regular kid" stuff to help distract her from this very long and taxing treatment process.  

As always, we are very grateful for the staff at Vanderbilt for taking such great care of us!!!

Thank you for the continued support and prayers,
The Lantz Family

Monday, January 23, 2023

Cycle 11 - Complete

Caroline was discharged today after completing Cycle 11 of inpatient treatment for relapsed Neuroblastoma.  It was a great week of positive scan results, as well as an uneventful round of chemotherapy and antibody therapies.  Besides nausea, Caroline had no other serious side affects, and she ate very well all week long.  She’s feeling pretty good this evening, and is settling in back home.

We're hopeful she can get a few good weeks of school and fun in before having to return to Vanderbilt for Cycle 12 mid-February.

Thank you for all the prayers, Uber Eats meal cards and the other well wishes that were delivered to her hospital room this week.  We appreciate every single one of you!

The Lantz Family

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Scan Results - Cycle 11 Admission

Caroline had 2 scans to follow-up on her December readings that where inconclusive due to RSV inflammation in her midsection.

Todays scan results:

CT scan:  No new findings to suggest recurrent or metastatic disease.

PET Scan:  No evidence of malignancy.

We are obviously thrilled that Caroline is still beating this disease (again), and it gives us all a little bit of energy and hope as we continue onward with this long and exhausting treatment plan.

Assuming her counts are ok, Caroline will be admitted tomorrow (Wednesday) for Cycle 11 (of 17) of chemotherapy and antibody.  The next 6 days will be rough, but we are just glad that she can continue with her treatment.

Thank you so much to our Vanderbilt medical team, family, friends, and the entire community of prayer warriors - we're beyond grateful for the love and support!

The Lantz Family

Friday, January 6, 2023

Delayed Cycle 11 and Christmas Magic

Caroline didn't make counts this week to be admitted for Cycle 11.  She has scans on January 17th, so we're going to give her body a rest until those are complete, and try again for Cycle 11 inpatient admission the following day (1/18/23).  After 10 cycles, and in the middle of cold and flu season, her body is really struggling to recover between cycles.  We'll update the blog when we have scan results and an update for admission.

In other news, our prayers for Christmas magic were answered!  After a very horrible Cycle 10, Caroline was in rough shape physically and mentally...but on December 20th, Tractor Supply Co. granted her wish - a shopping spree for un-adoptable dogs!  It was truly an incredible day.  The generosity of Tractor Supply Co. was beyond Caroline a $3,000 shopping spree at the South Franklin store, as well as $1,000 to the Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue (the animal sanctuary Caroline selected to receive the toys from the shopping spree) and Angel Heart Farm (the equine therapy foundation that coordinated the wish).   Click here to see the full news story with video...

Unfortunately, Caroline's hair started falling out again.  After a week of hair all over the place, she made the decision to shave her head again today.  She's the bravest girl we know!

Wishing you all a healthy and peaceful start to the New Year,
The Lantz Family

PS - For those asking, here is the link to get #carolinestrong apparel.  Thank you for the continued support!

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Rough Cycle 10 Complete

Caroline has been discharged from Cycle 10 - the toughest cycle she’s had since her relapse. In addition to the “regular” side effects of nausea, diarrhea, fevers, and pain, she had extreme nerve pain and a broken spirit…which was arguably worse than all of the harsh side effects combined.

On Wednesday, Caroline woke up out of her sleep crying in pain - the worst pain we’ve seen her in since she was admitted to the ICU in 2018.  Nerve pain is an unfortunate (but expected) side effect of the antibody therapy that can come and go at any point.  She’s always experienced nerve pain during each cycle, but it's been manageable with her continuous Dilaudid infusion.  However, this "extra" nerve pain was extreme and came out of nowhere…literally waking her up in the middle of the night.  Her team worked quickly and diligently to get the pain under control, but it took a while to get her comfortable. It was beyond excruciating to witness her agony without being able to do anything, and we can only imagine the pain she felt.

Besides the physical pain, Caroline was in true emotional pain this week.  This cycle came on the heels of her two additional inpatient stays for Sapovirus and RSV.  She didn’t really get a chance to recharge and do “normal” things in between the two cycles, which really took a toll on her mental health.  One major difference between Caroline going through treatment this time around vs. the first time, is her awareness of what she's "missing out on" socially.  This is such a fun time of year for kids, and missing so many Christmas parties and events had her crying A LOT.  Knowing her friends were having fun at school while she was at the hospital laying in pain had her asking some un-answerable questions: “why is this happening again?;” “why isn’t life fair?.” Her spirit was broken this cycle, and we’re praying she gets some solace in the days ahead, even though we can’t go back in time to let her experience all the missed Christmas fun things, or answer her hard questions.  This is one cycle we will all be processing long after.  

Caroline's next cycle is scheduled for 1/3/22, so barring anything happening in between, we’re hoping to be able to spend the next 2 weeks at home creating some Christmas magic for our family.

Thank you to everyone who sent us UberEats gift cards…they are a huge help because Caroline won’t eat any of the hospital food, and we still aren't allowed visitors.  

Thank you so much for the continued prayers - specifically for her comfort and peace.   

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas season, 
The Lantz Family

Caroline was having trouble breathing...the X-Ray showed "third space fluid" in her chest (Lasix and Oxygen to the rescue).

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Admitted for Cycle 10

Caroline was admitted for Cycle 10 (of 17) yesterday, following a really rough month of being in and out of the hospital.  Please pray for an "uneventful" cycle and minimal side effects are much appreciated!

The Lantz Family

PS - we've gotten quite a few requests on how to help...currently, the best way is by providing meals for the hospital via UberEats (sent to  Y'all are so generous, thank you!  

Cycle 10 in progress...

HUGE shoutout and thank you to Michelle Prichard...she's decorated Caroline's room for EVERY single planned inpatient stay for the past FIVE years!  Caroline always gets so many compliments on her room, and it makes a huge difference in the atmosphere...  
We love you, Michelle!

Monday, December 5, 2022

Unexpected Admission for RSV / Scan Results Update

Caroline was discharged today, after almost a week of being inpatient for a rough case of RSV. She had fevers as high as 105 degrees, and low oxygen levels for almost 5 days (requiring oxygen assistance). We are so glad she's turned the corner, is no longer contagious and is now recovering at home, showing us all her typical Caroline energy and attitude!  

The past couple months have been a roller coaster, to say the least...delayed chemo treatments, multiple ER visits, unexpected inpatient admissions for Sapovirus and RSV, as well as delayed progress scans.

Here are the results of her bone marrow and scans from the last week:
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy - No Evidence of Neuroblastoma Cells
  • CT Scan - Inconclusive because of the RSV thickness in her chest
  • PET Scan - Inconclusive because of the RSV thickness in her chest
We will now need to re-do her CT and PET scans in about 6 weeks, when all that congestion is cleared from her body.

Caroline is scheduled to be admitted Monday (12/12) for cycle 10 of chemo and immunotherapy.

We are all beyond exhausted, but so thankful for your prayers and support!

The Lantz Family

Thursday, November 24, 2022

5 Year Cancer-versary

Five years ago on this date - November 24th 2017 (Black Friday, ironically) - Caroline was diagnosed with Stage IV, High-Risk Neuroblastoma in one of the “holding” rooms on the Radiology floor at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Our lives changed forever when we heard our pediatrician emotionally explain that Caroline had a massive, cancerous tumor in her midsection.  As we look back 5 years later, we thought we’d share our individual feelings about how our journey through this disease has impacted us. 

Mark: It’s been a rough 5 years for our family in so many ways. I think we’ve shared much of this over the journey, so no reason for me to re-hash it all today. On this Thanksgiving, and 5 year anniversary of her diagnosis, I’d like to focus on what we do have: we have each other, we still have our daughter and we have hope that our future will be long and bright, and much less exhausting in the years to come. I am thankful for the Vanderbilt medical team that has helped us beat this once, and is now helping Caroline beat it again after her April relapse. I’m thankful for research groups like Beat Childhood Cancer, for continuing to fight for these amazing warriors. I’m thankful for our extended family, co-workers, friends, neighbors, prayer warriors, and community of many, that have lifted us up over the last 5 years.  I’m thankful for Margaret’s ability to process all the care and treatment requirements on a daily basis.  I’m very proud of how Andrew has handled all of this to date. He has seen much more than any kid his age should.  And my rock star, Caroline - the treatment for pediatric cancers are very outdated and extremely harsh. I really have no idea how she has survived all this and maintained such an amazing attitude and outlook…on the other hand, I have never doubted her. She’s my hero! 

Margaret: My heart shattered on 11/24/17, when we were informed that Caroline had Stage IV cancer. My heart was obliterated on 4/8/22, when my biggest fear of her cancer coming back became a reality. I am broken in an irreparable way, yet stronger for it. Being a “cancer mom” is the penultimate life of dichotomies. It’s paralyzing to constantly feel two things at once: overwhelming sadness coupled with overwhelming relief that Caroline is alive; perpetual fear of her dying, but also survivor’s guilt knowing so many kids who have passed; breaking down, but also being strong beyond belief; wanting to be with both of my kids, but having to choose…a steady stream of anxiety, exhaustion, frustration and disconnection, yet a calmness about not being in control, and closeness to Mark that is rock-solid. Most of what we see and hear Caroline go through…the questions she and Andrew need answered…realities that need to be explained…so much innocence lost, and for so long now. It’s all just too much: too scary, too gross, too heartbreaking, and definitely too much to share on the blog. As we hit the 5 year milestone, it’s hard to believe Caroline has lived with cancer longer than she hasn’t, yet she remains the brightest of lights, and the reason I keep going. 

Andrew: “after 5 years, cancer life feels normal…things that didn’t feel normal in the beginning, feel regular now. When she got cancer again, things that might have seemed like a big deal before, aren’t really that big of a deal because we already went through this. It doesn’t feel good to be the brother of someone that has cancer because my mom is gone all the time and I don’t get to see my sister. Also, it’s not good that I can’t go to the hospital this time around because of COVID rules - it makes me feel really sad. I always have my dad, but I don’t always have my mom. Stuff always gets canceled - like we were supposed to go to Florida for Thanksgiving, but then Caroline got a virus. I understand why things get canceled though, and it’s ok. I don’t feel scared that she’s going to die because I know that Vanderbilt is going to save her life. When I found out she relapsed, I thought it was just going to be the same kind of stuff as last time, and it basically is the same, other than the fact that I can’t go to the hospital this time. When Caroline gets gifts, or gets to do cool stuff without me, I feel left out, but mostly I feel fine. That’s all.”

Caroline: “hey guys, it’s Caroline here. I just wanted to tell you thank you for all the prayers and to my Vanderbilt people for giving me encouragement to get through this in one piece. It’s been rough the past few weeks, but I’ve powered through thanks to everybody out there. I was sad when I relapsed, and it was really hard for me to tell everyone - I just wanted to be a normal kid and it’s really sad. I’m really thankful for my family, friends and my dog, Hank.”

Wishing you and yours a truly blessed Thanksgiving!
The Lantz Family

11/24/22 through the years (2017-2022)...

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Unexpected Inpatient / Hockey Fights Cancer

After an unusually rough cycle, Caroline had an even harder time recovering at home and ended up being re-admitted inpatient.  Her lab work showed she was fighting off a strong intestinal virus, in addition to her chemo side effects.  After a few days of fluids, anti-medics and supportive care, she was feeling much better and able to come home. 

Luckily she was feeling well enough to participate in the Nashville Predators' "Hockey Fights Cancer" night on Saturday.  Caroline got to high-five the players as they came out of the locker room, wave rally towels on the band stage to hype the crowd with Scott Hamilton, sit in the 365 Foundation Suite, and ride on the Zamboni when they cleared the ice before the game - she absolutely loved it!  It's always such an honor to be asked to represent the hospital that has worked so hard to save her life...enjoy the pics!

Unexpected hospital stay...

So special to share the experience with the Hughes family!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Rough Cycle 9 - Complete

After a really rough week inpatient, Caroline was discharged yesterday.  She's still struggling with nausea and stomach issues at home, and spent most of the day today resting in bed, and on the couch watching football.  We're hopeful she feels well enough to go back to school this week...

Her next appointment is on Friday (11/18) for a wellness check, followed by progress scans the week after Thanksgiving.

Thanks for the continued support!
The Lantz Family

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Cycle 9 Admission

After getting bumped for treatment 3 weeks in a row, Caroline finally "made counts" yesterday, and was able to be admitted for Cycle 9.  One of her chemotherapies has been reduced by 25% to (hopefully) aid in an easier recovery post-treatment.  However, she's had a really rough start already - intense nausea is the biggest challenge - but her team is doing their best to get her some relief.  If this ends up being a “typical” cycle, we anticipate being inpatient through Saturday.

Please continue to pray for Caroline, specifically for overall comfort and alleviation of her nausea.

We’re so grateful for all the support!
Team Lantz

Getting an EKG before adding more anti-nausea meds to the regimen...

Monday, October 31, 2022

"Gnome" Place Like Home for Halloween!

Unfortunately, Caroline didn't make counts again today. She was more than happy to get bumped - now she can celebrate Halloween, Book Character Day at school, and a field trip this Friday.

Although it's not entirely unusual for her to struggle with recovery in-between cycles (especially after so many), we are at a point where her treatment going forward will most likely need to be adjusted. After consulting with Caroline's team, one of her chemotherapies (Temodar) will be dose-reduced by 25%. This is probably the drug that is hitting her too hard.

We will go back to clinic again on Monday (11/7) for lab work, and she will either be admitted for Cycle 9 of treatment if her counts are high enough, or if they aren't high enough, she will undergo a bone marrow biopsy to see if there is anything else more alarming going on ~ stay tuned next week...

Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

The Lantz Family
Clinic Costume #2 - Twinning Gnomes - Dad and C.

Clinic Costume #1 - "Jason" getting vitals.

"Junie B. Jones" heading off to school!

Monday, October 24, 2022

Admission Delays

For the second week in a row, Caroline’s admission has been delayed because her lab work isn’t meeting the minimum blood count levels for her double chemotherapy and antibody treatment. She didn’t mind too much last week, but today she left feeling sad because getting bumped out another week means she may miss celebrating Halloween at home, if her counts are high enough to be admitted. We went through this back in 2018 — she got bumped a few weeks in a row for low counts. Most likely, her bone marrow cells are just too beat up from treatment, and struggling to recover. Other than that news today, Caroline has been feeling well and is her normal, energetic self.

It’s hard to continuously re-arrange weekly plans when this stuff happens, but we forge ahead knowing things can always be worse…

Thank You for the continued thoughts and prayers!

The Lantz Family

Monday, October 3, 2022

Cycle 8 Complete

Caroline was discharged from Cycle 8 on Saturday, and has been doing well recovering at home (especially considering how rough the side effects hit her this round). Although Childhood Cancer Awareness month has come to an end, we appreciate your continued support and prayers during this arduous and emotional journey!

The Lantz Family

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

200 Nights / Cycle 8

Last night, Caroline spent her 200th night at Vanderbilt since she was initially diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma in November 2017. It’s exhausting to think about how much time we’ve spent here….and in turn, split our family in half. It goes without saying that we are beyond grateful she is alive and still able to battle, but we also are very broken watching her endure this awful treatment, especially at such a young age and for so many years.

She started cycle 8 of treatment for her relapse Monday, and the first 2 days where very rough with side effects. Nausea lead to 2 really bad episodes of vomiting where she lost her NG tube. It had to be replaced both times, which is never a fun process for her to go through (or us to watch). However, her spirits were much better today…she even spent some time with her favorite hospital staff visitors and gave them all a few laughs with her sassy personality!

We hope that the rest of the week is more like today rather than earlier in the week, and that she can get out on schedule (Saturday).

Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes!

The Lantz Family

PS: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month ends Sept 30th, so there’s just a few days left to order the candles from In Love There's Light! Click here to support childhood cancer research!

Monday, September 12, 2022

Cycle 7 Update

Caroline was discharged yesterday after being inpatient all week for Cycle 7.  Although she experienced all of the typical side effects, the cycle overall was "uneventful."  We're always grateful for the thoughts and prayers!

Home in time for Ravens' Kick-off!

Friday, September 2, 2022

Scan Updates

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and there's no better way to kick it off than by sharing some good news about Caroline beating cancer...again!

After a very long day of testing that included blood work, CT scan, PET scan, Bone Marrow Biopsy and a follow-up appointment with the orthopedic team for her broken finger, we finally have all the results:
  • Broken Finger: Healing well
  • Blood Work: Mostly in normal range
  • CT Scan: No Evidence of Disease
  • PET Scan: No Evidence of Disease 
  • Bone Marrow: No Evidence of Disease 
So, as of now, there are no visible signs of Neuroblastoma cells present in Caroline’s body!  We will celebrate for a few days, but get back to continuing the fight on Tuesday, for Cycle 7 of her inpatient treatment.

Caroline's Oncology team recommends up to 11 additional cycles of treatment (17 cycle total) to reduce the chance of reoccurrence and/or missed microscopic disease identified on the scans.  It's not fun, it’s hard to manage, and it's beyond hard to watch.  The treatment wreaks havoc on her body, and the risk of secondary cancers increases with each chemotherapy treatment, but the odds of relapse are generally much higher than these other concerns, so we are all in agreement to continue to keep it rolling.

We were honored to partner with the following organizations/people in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  Please help us continue to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research this month by supporting any/all of the following: 

Caroline created a signature scent

Focusing on much-needed sibling support for pediatric cancer families...and if you're local, please support their annual Pumpkin Patch next month!

Saving children's lives daily

There is still a national blood shortage - please donate if you're able!

If you're local, here are two other ways to support: 

**local pick-up @ NSC Team Store only** 
Caroline created a scarf for NSC's 2022 "Kick Childhood...if you want to see the video of her creating the scarf and being interviewed, click here.

Mini-sessions with our favorite local photographer (we will donate the proceeds to the Beat Childhood Cancer Foundation)

We have so much appreciation for all those in the battle with us: her huge Vanderbilt team, the Beat Childhood Cancer team, our friends, family, neighbors, Caroline’s school, the Nashville Predators, the Nashville Sounds, the Nashville Soccer Club, co-workers of past and present, and so many others we don't even know.  Thank you for your steadfast support and generosity throughout the (almost) five year journey!

The Lantz Family

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Home from Cycle 6

Caroline was discharged to come home from Cycle 6 today. The side effects of the medicine hit her very hard this week - nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and pain. It is beyond words to describe the awful feeling of watching endure this treatment...and in a post COVID-19 world, only parents/guardians are permitted in patient rooms. Not being able to have visitors makes for a very lonely week...and being separated from Andrew is another kind of awful. We're so grateful that her body is responding positively to treatment, and we know it could always be worse, but it's daunting to think we aren't even halfway through this relapse treatment.  One day at a time...

Much appreciation for the amazing staff at Vanderbilt...they are so kind and caring to our daughter, and entire family!

Thank you all for your continued generosity, prayers and support; it means more than you know.

Sending love,

The Lantz Family

Wiped and resting at home after a really hard week.

Caroline was one of the patients selected to interview Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman this week, during their visit to the hospital's "Seacrest Studio."

Monday, August 15, 2022

Cycle 6 Underway

Caroline was admitted today for Cycle 6 of treatment to fight her relapsed Neuroblastoma; some side effects have already hit hard. Long, rough first day for all…

Thank you for your prayers and support - much appreciated!

The Lantz Family

Monday, August 8, 2022

Cycle 6 Delayed

Caroline didn’t meet the minimum bloodwork requirements when we went to clinic this morning to get admitted for her next round of chemo/antibody...her body is just pretty beat up from the past 5 rounds of treatment.  We will try again next Monday.

Thanks for the continued prayers and support!

The Lantz Family 

Monday, July 25, 2022

Home from Cycle 5 / 1st Day of 3rd Grade!

Caroline was discharged from Vanderbilt yesterday morning. Other than her broken finger, she had a relatively uneventful week of treatment. She has a follow-up appointment with her orthopedic surgeon at Vanderbilt on Tuesday, as well as her usual Friday appoint at the oncology clinic for labs and a check-up. 

She rested up at home on Sunday to get her energy back for Monday so she could finally join her classmates, who started last week (she is in a year-round school, and is now officially in 3rd grade!).

We appreciate all the UberEats gift cards, tasty homemade treats, meals, gifts and all around generous support from our friends and family 💛.  Although we are BEYOND grateful for her most recent scan results, this is a very mentally and physically draining experience.  Our whole family is exhausted, and there is still such a long road ahead...but the kindness, love, prayers and support from Caroline’s army is sustaining us.

As always, we are so grateful for her care team at Vanderbilt; they are unwavering in their attentiveness and love towards Caroline, and make this very difficult time as pleasant as can be.

Just a reminder that there is still a national blood shortage - please donate if you can (click here to register in your area)...we're thankful to all our friends and family that have recently shared pictures of themselves giving in Caroline’s honor!

The Lantz Family

Ways to help:
Meal Train
Purchase #carolinestrong T-Shirts
Contribute to Medical Expenses via GoFundMe
Family Meals via UberEats (email to

Homeward bound!

Recovering at home...

Ready for 3rd Grade just 24 hours after getting home!

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Scan/Biopsy Results...Cycle 5

All the results are now in from Caroline's scans and biopsy last week:

  1. CT Scan: No evidence of lesions previously seen
  2. PET Scan - No evidence of lesions previously seen
  3. Bone Marrow Biopsy - No evidence of Neuroblastoma cells 
  4. Blood Work - All in normal range as of 7/19/22
This is all good news, and so far the treatment seems to be working. There is always the possibility for microscopic disease that doesn't show up on these scans, so Caroline will continue the repetitive treatment cycles/scans as long as her body continues to tolerate it, and we continue to get positive results (in theory, 17 cycles total).

Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes...we still have long road still ahead, but are encouraged by todays news!

Caroline was able to start her Cycle 5 chemotherapy/antibody this morning, and we are hoping to be finished early Sunday morning. 

The Lantz Family

Monday, July 18, 2022

Tough, unexpected Start to Cycle 5

Caroline was scheduled to begin her 5th treatment cycle for relapsed Neuroblastoma this morning, but was unfortunately sidelined for the day due to an unexpected injury in the parking lot at Vanderbilt. As we were unpacking the car for our week-long stay, Caroline somehow closed her pinky finger in the car door.  We were able to get the bleeding stopped while in clinic, but her care team ordered x-rays once we were admitted, which revealed a small fracture in her bone.  She ended up needing "bedside surgery" with local anesthetic to completely remove, repair and replace her cracked finger nail.  She'll be in a splint for a bit, and will also be treated with antibiotics this week to prevent any infection.

Her chemotherapy is now scheduled to start tomorrow (7/18), so hopefully she will be able to come home by Sunday afternoon.

Caroline is uncomfortable, in a bit of pain and bummed about her splint restrictions, so please pray for quick healing and a relatively uneventful rest of this week.

Additionally, we are still waiting on some final reports from her scans/biopsy last week, so once we have all that information we will post everything related to her scans on this blog.

In the meantime, thank you for all the continued support!

The Lantz Family

All stitched and wrapped...rough day!

X-Ray when she was admitted.

Prepping for "bedside surgery"