Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Future plans - Gil

My 'induction' chemotherapy is going very smoothly so far. I feel tired but otherwise well. The standard plan is to test the 'induction' program at 14 days, when I would be eligible for discharge if my bone marrow shows that the cancer cells are suppressed.

After that, AML patients need either 'consolidation' therapy with higher dose chemotherapy or a bone marrow transplant. In my case, testing of the cells in my bone marrow ('cytogenetic' testing), suggests that a bone marrow transplant is the better option.

My sisters Genie and Meryl will be having their blood tested for compatibility, as are my children Adam, Evan and Marika.

None of this is a hurried process as it takes time to achieve remission first. Thanks for the email....I'm starting to send answers.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Gil,

    Dad sent me the link to your blog and I wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you and all of the Raffs. It's nice to see pictures of all of have a beautiful family. The last time I saw you guys was when we stayed with you in NM many years ago. Marika wasn't born yet, and Adam and Evan were just little guys! I have fond memories of that and Karen were excellent hosts.

    Glad to hear your spirits are up...keep up the good work! There are so many people thinking of you daily.

    Lots of love,
    Steph (Barry's daughter)
    p.s. My husband Drew and I now have Clara, 2 and a half, and Owen, 5 months