Days since transplant: 41
Has the recipient engrafted? Yes
Overall, how well is the recipient recovering: Well
Has the recipient been discharged from the hospital? Yes
Patient shows some skin GVHD (Graft vs. Host Disease) and increased blood sugar much improved after starting treatments. He is doing well and needs no transfusion support at this time.
GVHD is good. That means the new cells are recognizing the host cells as foreign and will attack the cancer cells. The skin response - usually redness or rash - can be treated with steroids to suppress. Very good news!!
I'm so relieved. I was trying not to get my hopes up in case the transplant didn't end up helping him. This is really the best possible news. We are thrilled. They sent Mike an engraved clock.