Update About Brandon’s Treatment (11/11/16)

It’s been over 2 months since Brandon’s day +60 bone marrow biopsy, which showed that his leukemia had returned post-transplant. The last 2 months have truly tested our patience and our faith as we have anxiously waited for Brandon to start his next treatment. There have been many disappointments along the way, as we learned that Brandon did not qualify for certain treatments or could not participate in others due to medications that he was taking post transplant. We have prayed that Brandon’s leukemia would progress slowly enough to give the doctors time to place him on the most promising treatment.

I am so excited to announce that Brandon will be starting his next treatment TOMORROW! The doctors have gotten approval to use a newly FDA approved medication called Venetoclax, which was approved for the treatment of CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) earlier this year. Venetoclax has shown amazing results in clinical trials for the treatment of AML and could lead to the first new therapy approved for AML in decades! If you’re interested, you a read an article by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society about their excitement in this new AML treatment here.

Tomorrow, Brandon will be starting a week of chemotherapy, followed by oral doses of Venetoclax. Brandon’s doctors have had their eyes on this treatment for weeks, so we are very excited to get started! Brandon has not been on any type of treatment like this before, and his doctors are excited to see the results.

I will be sure to keep everyone updated on Brandon’s progress. As always, thank you all for your kindness, love, and support!

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