Friday, June 15, 2007

medical update

My platelet count is at 15,000 which is the lowest it has been since starting this regimen. At 10,000, platelet transfusions are ordered generally. Dr. Rosenbaum told me that the low platelet count could be a cumulative effect of the cycles. Other than the low platelets, my RBC and WBC counts are OK for someone who has received chemo recently. I was told that if there is any bleeding this weekend to head to the emergency room. On Monday morning, Dr. Rosenbaum wants me to return to the hospital for a blood test to check my platelet count again.

The CT scan was fine. There was no sign of new tumor growth.

I also spoke to Sinda this morning. She said one of the potential unrelated adult donors was determined to be a 8/10 match, which is the minimum for transplantation. Unfortunately, I don't know specifics about this potential donor or any of the others, such as age, ethnicity, or sex. There's another individual whose HLA sample should be available any day now. Sinda told me that it's possible this potential donor may also be a 8/10 match. The blood sample of the potential 6/6 match should also be available soon. I told her that I'll give her a buzz again in one week.


Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent news on the CT scan!!!

get some rest this weekend. you have been quite the tourist.

we look forward to your return to NYC this week.


9:31 AM  
Comment Anonymous Marc said...

8 of 10?

It used to be 6 of 6 was the standard.

Now there is talk, on a couple message boards, about 12 of 12, with 10 of 12 being the minimum.

Now 8 of 10 is OK?

I'd sure be asking some more questions, and getting more information.

Best wishes

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5:38 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hey Marc,

I've heard the HLA typing organized into 6/6, 10/10 and 12/12. I think the 6/6 is a preliminary analysis whereas the 10/10 and 12/12 are more specific later analyzes of the blood, but I will of course check with my doctor about what that means.

I appreciate your interest.

I also checked your blog, which is really great. I read several of your most recent posts and it's great to see others participating in the growing community of cancer bloggers. Your perspective and those of others can make a meaningful influence on patients and their families. I'll be sure to keep up with your blog now.

Wishing you continued strength,

10:46 PM  

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