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What started as a personal journey of a doctor turned patient morphed into a way to share what’s universal in dealing with cancer, in my case a nasty leukemia (CLL), a failed transplant and a successful clinical trial. The telling of my journey has become a journey to teach about CLL, related blood issues and all cancers. Please visit our new website http://cllsociety.org for the latest news and information. Smart patients get smart care™. If you want to reach me, email bkoffmanMD@gmail.com
(Stay) Just a little bit longer now
Please, please, please, please, please
Maurice Williams (Preformed by the Four Seasons)
It looks like I am going all the way. More reason to celebrate with you on Oct 18 (See prior party post). I cried when I got the following email. I am getting so close to be able to glide for awhile. But I have to wait just a little bit longer, another 10 days.
The letter from Dr. Forman needs some translation. STR means Short Tandem Repeats. It is a way of fingerprinting DNA used in solving crimes. Think OJ and president Clinton. In my case it is employed to test whether my blood cells are from my donor or "residual", in other words, from the old me. On my last test in August I was only 34% donor B cells. They are are now 100% donor.Ya Hoo. Remember too that my cancer was in my old "residual" B cells and those cells are getting hard to find. This does not mean for certain that I am fully engrafted, let alone cured, but since B cells get their marching orders from T cells, it does suggest that the donor army is in firm control of the hematopoietic landscape and that is great news and bodes well.
The STR analysis came back as showing 100% donor B cells but they did not have enough to DNA to do everything. So I will add another STR analysis for the lab for Monday so they can do the T, monocytes, and granulocytes, so we can look at everything. Make sure they draw it while you are at the lab on Monday!
I am so lucky and so grateful for my good fortune.