Monday, October 08, 2007

first post-transplant scan results

Today marks day +48. I just returned home from my weekly follow-up with Dr. Castro-Malaspina at Sloan-Kettering. My first PET scan following the transplant revealed no evidence of disease as Ally told me on Thursday. There is some scar tissue in the mediastinum from previous treatments, but that's it. So far, so good.

With regards to those two pesky viruses, the Epstein-Barr Virus and Adenovirus, the most recent blood tests came back negative for EBV but positive again for the Adenovirus (though its strength is very weak). I was scheduled to receive Rituximab (Rituxan) to treat the EBV this afternoon following my appointment, but since the last blood test didn't show any evidence of the virus it was canceled. I'm still scheduled to receive a fourth cycle of Cidofovir this Thursday, however. It's hoped that four cycles of this antiviral drug will be enough to lay the Adenovirus a death blow. Nevertheless, I'll continue to be screened for both these viruses each week.

Finally, I showed both him and Ally the tiny dark bumps on the skin above my sternum, which I noticed for the first time yesterday. The bumps haven't hurt or itched. They're just there. The only thing that I could think of as perhaps having a role in their development is that fact that I may have been out a bit too much in the sun on Saturday when I did my walk into Harlem and back. I wore my ball cap, sun glasses and put on sunblock. Dr. Castro-Malaspina said it's possible it may be a rash, but he didn't seem too concerned. He will continue to watch it.

Overall, he said I look great and am doing well.

6 Comments:

Comment Anonymous Jim Anderson said...

Yay! good report. I loved your nasa link and have made a wallpaper of the one with the comet. Keep up the good health!

9:01 PM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duane,
Congrats on the good news! Keep us posted on your progress. Best of luck
--Chris

1:10 AM  
Comment Blogger Anisa Noormohamed said...

It's great news Duane! I'll keep you in my prayers. Take good care of yourself.
-Anisa

12:20 PM  
Comment Blogger navyman67 said...

Incredible! Your story, your writing, your sentiment, the fellow "prizefighters"...the links, the photos...Duane, you are a remarkable young man and destined to do great things...I am sure of that. I hope some day you will take me to a ballgame. If you can believe it...I have never been to one.

"Pop"

2:26 PM  
Comment Blogger navyman67 said...

The photo of the Milkway above the Tetons reminded me to tell you that I bought an amateur telescope but don't know how to use it yet. Maybe we can figure it out together sometime. I have seen the sky while at sea many times but could not really appreciate it under the circumstances. Perhaps I will have to go west too. Your blog is wonderful Duane.

1:39 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks Pop.

7:56 PM  

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