Thursday, November 12, 2009
Roy began his chemo last evening. He is taking Cytarabine (Ara-C), a chemo, and Clofarobine, perhaps. He is in a study so maybe he is getting this or perhaps a placebo but we or the doctors don't know. It is approved for children but no for adults but the study is to see if it helps the Ara-C or has no help. He will be here until the 16th or 17th depending on it all goes. Then at 14 days he will have a bone marrow to see if the chemo has helped because at that time there should be some signs if it is working or not. They will do another one at 21 days and the target is to be in complete remission at that time. If after 21 days and he is in remission I don't know how long it will be before they start chemo again for the stem cell. If he is not in remission, they said they could do another round and possible use a different type of chemo. The doctor has told us that leukemia is a bad disease and treatment can be lethal. Right now Roy is feeling good and everything is going great. The folks we met from western Texas left the park this morning but will be back the end of the month for his surgery.