Thursday, July 9, 2009

9 July 2009

Yesterday was a long day at hospital. Jeremy was given Vincristine (from a drip through his central line) and Asparaginase (needle in his bottom). We met the oncology radiation doctor, who explained the radiation procedure and showed us the radiation room. If he goes ahead with a bone marrow transplant, Jeremy will receive TBI (Total Body Irradiation) which will hopefully remove any remaining blast cells. He will have to lie still for 20 minutes twice a day for 4 days - however, he can watch a DVD during that time, and we can talk to him via a microphone in the next room.

We also met with the bone marrow transplant doctor who told us that Jeremy's MRD (Minimal Residual Disease) from his last bone marrow aspirate was 7% - the MRD is the most accurate method of measuring how much leukaemia is still in his bone marrow, whereas the initial figures of 3-4% were just from looking down a microscope. The bone marrow transplant doctor seemed more optimistic this time and is hoping to finish this course of chemo, wait for the MRD from the next bone marrow aspirate (which will be mid August), give Jeremy some more chemo and TBI, then proceed with the bone marrow transplant.

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