B is the word.

By , on June 12, 2012

C Word, Family

Today we had our go/no-go meeting with the attending doctor at the SCCA allogeneic transplant unit, the very natty Dr. Jerry Radich. There wasn’t much question about going ahead, but this was the time to go over all the findings of the tests from the last two weeks, look at the details of the protocol, and make sure everyone agreed to proceed.

Everything looks good. There are no signs of progression to leukemia, which has been the main concern. The lymphoma is also not present, by both scan and by blood and marrow markers. All my organs (liver, kidneys, lungs, heart, brain?) are performing normally. My neutrophil count is still quite low, but platelets are good, and hematocrit is a not-too-shabby 28. I have a sibling donor who is a perfect match. I am relatively healthy, and relatively young, for this procedure. My MDS abnormality is one of the less-bad kinds. All these factors point in one direction, which is a successful transplant, with less likelihood of bad GVHD. So, all things considered, it’s a happy outlook. What could go wrong?

Tomorrow (June 13) I’ll get my Hickman catheter. Friday I’ll start chemo. It is notable that the point of this chemo (and total body irradiation on the transplant day) is not attacking the cancer, but wiping out my immune system so that the foreign stem cells can have the best chance of moving in and taking over. It’s pretty much the same stuff used for actual cancer treatment, though.

In other news, it was Oliver’s 9-month birthday yesterday. Here’s a recent pic (click to get full size):

Oliver at the beach on Lummi Island

This was on a Memorial Weekend trip to Lummi Island. It was his first encounter with salt water. He couldn’t understand why it didn’t taste good like water always has, and kept trying different parts of the beach looking for the good stuff. Eventually he threw up.


2 Comments to “All things considered”

  1. Jeani Wells says:

    Will be thinking of you. Good luck and hope to see you soon.

  2. Oren says:

    Best of luck with the transplant, Bob! I’ll be out in Seattle in August, and hope to see you then.

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