May 04, 2009 - 3:03 pm
My 59 year-old father was diagnosed with AML (M4)on April 9th. He was started the following week on his first 7-day round of chemotherapy, and a bone marrow test last week showed there were still leukemic cells. So, instead of getting to go home and rest for two weeks, he was kept in the hospital and started immediately on a second 5-day round of treatment with stronger chemo. He will have his bone marrow tested again in 10 days or so, at which time the doctors say they can either send him to have a transplant (if his cells are clean), or.....? I don't really know what they will do if the test comes back that he's not in remission.
Does anyone have any advice or information for me? I live across the country and was there for a week and a half and will be going back just before his second test, but I'd like information in the mean time and it's not easy to get in touch with his doctors. My family who is there with him is pretty busy with his care and their own lives, so we aren't talking all the time and I just don't have a clear understanding of what this all really means. Thank you in advance.