Thursday, September 15, 2011

Waiting on a Bone Marrow Transplant.

Dear Friends,

Many of you have been praying for Dave's recovery, and for that he is appreciative.

He's asked me to update you on his condition. As you know if you've read the previous posts linked below, Dave's been fighting what's known as Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia for several years. Last year he began a clinical trial with drug maker Novartis, using Tasigna, a relatively new drug with promising results. Without getting too technical, this drug prevents the bone marrow from overproducing the white blood cells that literally crowd out the red blood cells we all need to live.

For reasons yet unknown, Dave's disease became quite aggressive in the past several weeks, causing him a great deal of fatigue and discomfort as the CML shifted from "chronic" to "acute".

Since he was admitted into UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento three weeks ago, Dave has been undergoing extensive tests for a bone marrow transplant. His oncologists are searching for an appropriate match in the bone marrow donor database and as soon as one is found, the transplant will take place.

Meanwhile, his immune system is virtually non-existent and he's being kept in an isolation unit. Visitors must gown up as thoroughly as an OR surgeon to ensure Dave is not exposed to any bacteria, virus, or germ that could complicate his condition.

Dave doesn't yet have his personal computer with him, but we're hoping that will change very soon. He's looking forward to getting back online and emailing with you!

We will keep you posted as soon as there's something new to report. Thank you for your emails (send to him in care of me at:, phone calls and prayers. You have no idea how much they cheer him.

Here are the previous posts by Dave about CML

TWD Update: UC Davis Cancer Center, Tasigna and CML - July 29, 2010

TWD UPDATE PT. 2: TASIGNA + 30 DAYS - Sept. 8, 2010

TWD UPDATE PT 3: CML, TASIGNA + 60 DAYS - Nov. 7, 2010

Scroll down to read my last two reports.

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