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May 24, 2011 - 2yr Anniversary

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Today marks the 2-year anniversary from the day Grant was originally diagnosed. I can't believe it has been two years. In many ways it seems like only yesterday that he as a healthy 2 year-old boy, and here we are so close to him turning 5.

Last night, Dr. Dreyer texted David - "FISH NEGATIVE!!!!" Hurrah!!! He called her to see what that meant. They looked at 500 cells (normally they only look at 200). Of those 200 cells, none of them showed any DNA fingerprints of cancer. So, now we have one test that looked at 200,000 cells and found 100 cancer cells, and another test that looked at 500 cells, and did not see any cancer. We are so hopeful. 

 Now we have to wait for the test on Friday. The rest results we are expecting on Friday (PCR) looks at 100,000 or more cells to see if he has any Philadelphia Chromosome (PH+) present. (You can assume if there is any Philadelphia Chromosome present, then there is cancer. Typically, you would not have Philadelphia Chromosome without it being the DNA marker for the cancer cell. So, No Philadelphia = No Cancer. Some Philadelphia (PH+) = Some Cancer.) Dr. Dreyer is fully expecting it to show something, but not in super high ranges. Historically, Grant's PCR shows less than .01% presence of Philadelphia Chromosome. I pray to God it shows the same or 0. If it does, we are likely to test him for PH+ gene mutations and then switch him to the newer drug Disatinib. Again, Disatinib can get rid of most gene mutations and is thought to be a better class of drug than the Gleevec he is currently on.

So, in summary - good news yesterday. The real test that everyone relies so heavy on will be back on Friday. PLEASE keep the prayers coming. I truly believe things will work out in our favor because of all the prayers you are sending up and the grace of God. Let’s pray for the PCR results to be the same as usual or even better!!



 

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Melanie McTaggart I am the proud mom and Claire and Grant. I am so blessed to have them in my life!

May 24, 2011 - 2yr Anniversary

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Today marks the 2-year anniversary from the day Grant was originally diagnosed. I can't believe it has been two years. In many ways it seems like only yesterday that he as a healthy 2 year-old boy, and here we are so close to him turning 5.

Last night, Dr. Dreyer texted David - "FISH NEGATIVE!!!!" Hurrah!!! He called her to see what that meant. They looked at 500 cells (normally they only look at 200). Of those 200 cells, none of them showed any DNA fingerprints of cancer. So, now we have one test that looked at 200,000 cells and found 100 cancer cells, and another test that looked at 500 cells, and did not see any cancer. We are so hopeful. 

 Now we have to wait for the test on Friday. The rest results we are expecting on Friday (PCR) looks at 100,000 or more cells to see if he has any Philadelphia Chromosome (PH+) present. (You can assume if there is any Philadelphia Chromosome present, then there is cancer. Typically, you would not have Philadelphia Chromosome without it being the DNA marker for the cancer cell. So, No Philadelphia = No Cancer. Some Philadelphia (PH+) = Some Cancer.) Dr. Dreyer is fully expecting it to show something, but not in super high ranges. Historically, Grant's PCR shows less than .01% presence of Philadelphia Chromosome. I pray to God it shows the same or 0. If it does, we are likely to test him for PH+ gene mutations and then switch him to the newer drug Disatinib. Again, Disatinib can get rid of most gene mutations and is thought to be a better class of drug than the Gleevec he is currently on.

So, in summary - good news yesterday. The real test that everyone relies so heavy on will be back on Friday. PLEASE keep the prayers coming. I truly believe things will work out in our favor because of all the prayers you are sending up and the grace of God. Let’s pray for the PCR results to be the same as usual or even better!!