Posted on March 19, 2014
Sorry there's been a bit of a radio black-out - but quite a bit to update you all on today:
On February 24th, Glyn went through a series of screenings in readiness to begin the transplant process. Best news was that the Myeloma concentration had dropped from 70% at diagnosis in November 2013 to less than 10% which represents a fantastic response to the chemotherapy.
On March 6th, the mobilization for transplant began starting with a high dose chemotherapy followed by ten days of stem cell generation medication. Glyn tolerated the high dose chemo very well - as with the prior chemotherapy cycles.
March 17th, Glyn was at the Kraft Family Blood Center at Dana-Farber for stem cell harvesting. The results of the mobilization the previous week was simply amazing. The Center looks for a stem cell to peripheral blood ratio of 50:10,000 for a successful harvest. Glyn's count was a staggering 662:10,000 - the third highest on record at the center! This enabled the center to harvest more than 20 million stem cells in just four hours - five times the amount needed for a transplant.
Glyn will be admitted to Brigham and Women's hospital on Sunday March 23rd. on Monday and Tuesday, he will receive high dose chemotherapy that will essentially destroy all of his bone marrow. On Wednesday, 10 million of the harvested stem cells will be re-infused which in turn will develop into new, healthy bone marrow.
The transplant team expects Glyn to make sufficient recovery to be released from hospital on April 9th to continue a 6-8 week recovery at home.
Your generous support has been fundamental to keeping the treatment program at the planned pace - the results speak for themselves!
Please keep spreading the word, we need to keep funds coming in to assist during the recovery period as medical and convalescing expenses will still need to be met.
Thank you all again for your support!!