But yesterday, she had a treatment that might end this whole problem for good.
Sinead had electrochemotherapy for her mast cell tumor. That treatment involves putting a tiny bit of chemoreactive stuff (cisplatin, in her case) into the spot that once held her tumor. Then, an electrical pulse was shot through that same spot.
Electricity tends to break cells apart, and it's powerful when used in combination with chemotherapy. Instead of simply flooding the area with chemicals that may or may not enter the cells, a doctor can put just a tiny bit of the agents into one specific spot. The electrical pulses break the cell membranes apart, and that allows the chemo agents to enter the area and kill off cancer cells.
|Her stink-eye abilities remain intact.|
This is a great therapy option for Sinead, as it allows her to kill off the cancer without losing her eye. And this targeted form of therapy is less likely to cause whole-body reactions like nausea or fatigue or weight loss.
And best of all, this is a treatment that comes with a very high cure rate. Some studies suggest that it can keep tumors from coming back for a little more than 3 years (and counting!).
Sinead is taking Benadryl for about 2 weeks, just to ensure that any remaining histamine cells (which are the cells that are packed inside of a mast cell tumor) are cleaned up and moved away. And she will need a recheck, just to make sure all has gone well.
But for now: Bye, bye cancer! We will not miss you!