The picture is only an example and not the same trial. We are having a difficult time deciding on the clinical trial. We learned more information today and it would involve more than one hospital stay, including one for at least three weeks. They would have to bring his body down to very low blood counts before putting the cells back into his body. There isn’t data on the percentages of people that have been helped with osteosarcoma. The first person at MD Anderson is just starting the trial.
On the other hand the chemo that is the other option (Etoposide) is known to cause low blood counts and the possible need for transfusions and hospital stays. It could also make it so he wouldn’t qualify for any additional clinical trials due to low blood counts and additional damage to his bone marrow. It is known to work with osteosarcoma.