Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Day 28 - Almost out of Induction

Today was a big day for Sarah. It was day 28 in her induction therapy intended to bring her leukemia into remission. She had a bone marrow aspiration to determine if she had reached bone marrow remission.

The initial results were good with her bone marrow basically being "empty". Her "empty" bone marrow means she has no signs of cancer cells (or neutrophils) in her bone marrow. This was a quick preliminary assessment to determine if a rapid change in chemotherapy should be considered. Tomorrow afternoon we learn more definitively the state of her bone marrow from a bone marrow biopsy test that was initiated today. The doctor told us not to celebrate today and wait to see what we get from the biopsy tomorrow. The doctor did say she expects we will see cancer cell counts that are close to the definition of remission.

Provided the results we heard today hold after the biopsy results are in tomorrow, then Sarah comes off chemotherapy/Gleevec and her body is allowed to rebuild her neutrophil count. Once the neutrophil count gets high enough (>500) then Sarah can come home again before her bone marrow transplant.

Sarah was very tired this afternoon and her hair sort of comes out in your hand if you brush your fingers through it. I like to think of this as an outward sign of the drugs doing their job. Maybe one day, drugs like this will not be needed to treat Leukemia.

We really felt good about the news today and are very thankful for every ones help and prayers. A few more prayers and I will post the learning's from tomorrow late in the evening.
-Psalm 62:7-8

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