It appears Caneron his reacting very well to the changes to his chemo treatment. I’ll try to summarize some of the issues we’ve been working with and goals we are hoping for:
First – being in remission by March 12.
March 12 is day 29 of induction stage and is the day where most kids would be in remission. Unfortunately with the iamp21 issues, Cameron did not have that great of a chance for this to happen. We find out on that day if he is by taking a bone marrow biopsy, but a marker we watch now is blasts count. It tells us if leukemia is still in the blood. So if there is anything greater then 0 on this count (cancer in the blood), than likely the biopsy will come back positive (cancer in the marrow)
Todays blasts count is at 3! (Need to be 0, was 60 last week)
Second – leave the hospital to start outpatient consolidation stage by March 12
I know nobody wants to leave this hospital more than Cameron, but regardless if he is in remission or not, some other criteria has to be met for us to leave. One is ANC. This is a measure of his immune system. This number has to be above 200, and, so far, everyday has been floating around 20-70
Today his ANC number is 250 (200 needed to leave the hospital)
I know this is just one days’ numbers and these numbers jump around quite a bit, but it truly remarkable how much they have improved, and is definitely trending for the good. Happy Saturday!