Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
We just got back from the hospital. The official diagnosis is chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Dave's going to the hospital (as an outpatient) for the next three days, for IV chemo. Then he has 4 weeks of "rest," then another 3 days of chemo, then 4 weeks off, and so on, for 6 months.
Then, assuming his tests show a satisfactory improvement, he will have 18 to 24 months of "normal" life. Satisfactory test results mean that the percentage of cancer cells in his bone marrow drops from (the current level of 80) to 20 or less. The cancer will slowly return, and when the levels get too high, he will return for another round of chemo.
The prognosis for this kind of cancer is about 10 to 15 years. Better than the 1 to 3 months they first offered us, but not not good enough for Dave. He's a little pissed right now.
Posted by Anna L. Conti at 12:55 PM