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can someone please help me understand my dads advanced CLL

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 3, 2010
  • 11:05 PM

Hi all,

My dad was diagnosed with cll 14 years ago. He has been on several trial drugs with gave him long term remissions. He tried a bmt but did not go ahead as his extracted marrow did not survive.

He has been puddling along all these years with his ups and downs and now it's just turned to custard.

He is on high dose prednisone, he cannot take chemo anymore (genesence etc please excuse my spelling) as his body can no longer handle it.

He has been put on high dose prednisone because he now has developed a lung condition which requires him to take this drug.

The pred has caused his insulin dependant diabetes (induced by dexamethasone several years ago) to go crazy, his bloods are all over the place and he is fading away.

I have emailed his haemotologist to find out what the ***l is going on, but I appreciate she is a very very busy woman, and we have also discovered that he is not telling his haemotologist everything. We have since emailed her and filled her in.

Anyway what I am asking is:

Is my dad coming to the end of his illness? He has b type cll and I have read on the internet about how it can change to aml.

his current blood test is:

lymphocytes 61000 - up 10000 from 5 days ago (so it's blowing out)

platelets 64

neutrophils 9.39

wbc 72.2


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