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Claire, I’m so sorry to hear of your husband’s diagnosis. It’s devastating to get news like that out of the blue. I can empathize with you and your husband regarding treatment.
My AML journey started last year, February 2019. I had just turned 65; Robust, healthy, walking 10 miles day. Within 3 weeks that all changed. AML strikes quickly and randomly. But there is hope! I didn’t hesitate to start chemo. Living was paramount. If nothing else, that first round of chemo buys more time to spend with family! My AML-FLT3 mutation put me in a higher risk for relapse. So my only hope for a long term solution was a bone marrow transplant. I am thrilled to say I just completed testing for my upcoming 1st anniversary Post Transplant the end of June. So far so good…
So, from my perspective I’d say a resounding YES to starting initial treatment with the first round of chemo to clear most of the leukemic cells from your husband’s body. It’s not the end of treatment however! Depending on the results of bone marrow tests, your husband’s course of treatment will be discussed and planned out with you and your husband.
Not everyone’s treatment needs to end with a transplant. But it will begin with that all important first round of chemo.
This CV-19 situation is of concern. However, because of your husband’s diagnosis, he’ll be under a strict protocol for isolation to avoid infection as his immune system is already compromised with the leukemia. He’ll be safe. You’ll both learn to trust the Oncology team to take care of your husband’s needs. The oncologists and their staff will answer questions, provide you with information and should be able to give you some peace and comfort. Since this is so fresh in my mind, I’m more than happy to answer any questions or offer moral support. Stay strong, stay positive…you’ve got this!! Lori.

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Thank you so much for your reply. We are having a virtual visit with a U of M oncologist tomorrow to discuss options and everything else. The biggest things we are concerned about is the isolation from family if he opts for treatment and the quality of life after treatment. We have many more questions that we haven't thought about. The nurse navigator from the oncology dept suggested we go to the American Cancer Society to help us formulate questions for our virtual visit. I may be in touch again.

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