I am extremely happy to announce that Brandon’s biopsy results from Wednesday have shown that he is STILL in remission! Furthermore, the small number of cancer cells that remain have reduced over the last 3 weeks since his last biopsy!
We are SO excited for this news! Brandon’s doctors continue to be amazed by his success. To go through so many failed treatments and then to have one work this well is extremely rare. Brandon has become the poster boy for this trial, being the FIRST person that will go on to receive a stem cell transplant after successful treatment (he was only the 5th person enrolled in the trial). Due to his toleration of the treatment, he has also exhibited some of the most dramatic reduction in blast (cancer) cells.
Next Monday, Brandon will be starting his pre-transplant testing. Monday through Friday will be filled with a multitude of tests to screen for possible transplant complications. Once he has been cleared for transplant, he will be signing consent forms for the procedure.
In just a few short weeks he will start his pre-transplant conditioning, which will be an extremely harsh round of chemotherapy designed to completely wipe out his bone marrow of all stem cells. Then, on July 12th he will be receiving an infusion of his donor’s stem cells that will engraft and grow him a new cancer-free immune system!
There are so many hurdles on the horizon, but we continue to be positive and keep pushing forward. Looking back, I can’t believe how far we have come in the last 10 months.
Thank you all for your constant love and support. We wouldn’t be here without you! ❤️