Monday, January 2, 2012

Answer from Dr.Steven Weinreb on why the quick transplant

Dr.Weinreb was kind enough to save me the phone calls and letters and post his response to my question as a comment. I have pasted his words here as I know some of you don't read every comment on my site.

Chaya Venkat and others have written about opportunity costs. Timing is so critical. Windows for many treatment options open and close quickly and with no warning. I always say you should get a transplant about a month before you need it, because when you need it, it may be too late.

clearly outlines his reasoning for his decisive and sensible and courageous move.

I like to think I would have done the same.

Thanks, Steve for your post. Best wishes in the new year. Stay in touch.

Dear Brian

Thanks for the kind words! I really had no choice. I relapsed 6 moths after Rituxan/ Fludarabine. I have an agressive disease, one that appears to be unresponsive to traditional therapy. We quickly found a molecular unrelated match, and i had no time to wait. The new therapies are promising, but the timing wasn't right for me. I am at day (+) 100, feeling well, no sign of GVHD. Good luck!

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Blogger Unknown said...

I had always wondered if there was a haematologist who got a leukaemia. Now I know!
Wish him all the best
Happy New Year to you and all your readers from very rainy London

January 3, 2012 at 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And thank you to Dr. Weinreb for his opinion piece on herd immunity. I wish some of our "celebs" would create public service announcements showing themselves being vaccinated. "Real Housewives Get Vaccinated" or ..?

All the best,

January 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM  

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