Even though the biopsy results are clear, the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) doctor at Stanford wants to do one more round of chemotherapy for a deeper remission before going into an Donor Lymphocyte Infusion (DLI). The regimen:
Intrathecal MTX on day 1
Cyclophosphamide infusion on day 1
Cytarabine days 1-4 and 8-11
Vincristine days 15 and 22
PEG asparaginase day 15
Mama Pham’s biopsy came back clear! On April 1st, she started on the CALGB 9511 regiment for her relapsed T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. This was a very aggressive regimen with asparaginase, and Mama Pham definitely had some tough days. This is her 8th round of chemo overall. None of the other chemotherapy regimens over the past 1.5 years have EVER brought her to full remission (Hyper CVAD, Nelarabine), and they did the Stem Cell Transplant last year with active Leukemia (not ideal). We are not fully in the clear because we still need to do a Donor Lymphocyte Infusion from my uncle, but this gives us a clear to charge forward and that we will! Many thanks to our amazing family of supporters and the doctors at City of Hope, UCI and Stanford for getting us to this next milestone. I am forever grateful.