Hey everyone. I know it’s been some time since I did a formal update about Brandon’s treatment so I wanted to take some time to share where we’re at.
Recently, Brandon’s leukemia has started to show some signs of resistance to his current treatment regimen. Currently his condition is stable but it appears that his leukemia is moving in the wrong direction. We always knew that this was a potential outcome if Brandon’s leukemia did not go into remission quickly enough. While this current regimen did not get him into remission, it has well controlled his aggressive leukemia since last November and we are extremely thankful. For the last few weeks Brandon’s Leukemia Team has been looking into options for Brandon’s continued treatment.
Since Brandon is now more than 7 months post transplant, he has become eligible for more clinical trials than he was in September when he first relapsed. Brandon’s Leukemia Team has begun looking into the latest and most promising clinical trials in hopes that Brandon can be placed onto a treatment better suited to treat his type of leukemia. This week they identified a potential clinical trial and have begun planning for Brandon’s enrollment. During the coming weeks they will be transitioning Brandon off his current treatment regimen so that he will be eligible to start the new clinical trial once all of the current leukemia treatment drugs are out of his system. The big plan is still to get Brandon into remission and move forward with a second (haploidentical) bone marrow transplant.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we transition to this next part of our journey. This will be Brandon’s fifth clinical trial and although we are now familiar with the process, it’s still uncharted territory with each new trial. We continue to hope and pray that God is leading Brandon’s doctors to the best possible treatment for his body. We have the upmost trust and faith in our team at MD Anderson knowing that this is the place for the latest and greatest in cancer research and drug development. This is the place where miracles happen and we pray that our miracle is right around the corner!
Overall, Brandon has been doing well. All of his doctors and nurses are impressed with how well he’s doing given all that he’s been through since his diagnosis. Managing the symptoms of his leukemia is a constant struggle, but we try our hardest to make the best of it. He’s continuing to push himself and fight against this disease every single day. His bravery and strength are so inspirational, and we’re determined to keep fighting and moving forward. As we have always said, we’ll never give up! We’ve been given some sour lemons, but we’re working to make the best darn lemonade that we possibly can!
Thank you all for your continuous love, encouragement, kindness, and support. We are so blessed to have an army of people rooting us on every step of the way. I will continue to keep everyone updated with plans for Brandon’s treatment.