Today was a special day, Dianne and I were at UCSF Parnassus Campus for a consultative meeting to determine if I am a good candidate for a bone marrow transplant (BMT), also called a stem cell transplant.
Before getting into the details, I need to point out, getting from Antioch to UCSF Parnassus Campus is no simple task. During rush hour it can take 2-3 hours, assuming no accidents. Between rush hour, with lots of luck, it may only take 1 hour 15 minutes.
Our original appointment was set for 8:00 AM, which would have required us to leave Antioch around 5:00. Leaving early was not a concern, the 3 hour drive was because of washroom breaks. UCSF was very helpful by scheduling our appointment for 1:00 PM, which is after their normal hours of operation. We actually got a second break, the appointment before us cancelled, moving our appointment to 11:00 AM.
The appointment itself was very positive. The purpose was to review the current status of my cancer, the treatment selected and where to go next. In summary UCSF agreed:
- to continue the agressive triplet KRd (carfilzomib, revlimid, and dexamethasone) treatmement for now,
- for us to consider stem cell transplant. UCSF will present my case at one of their transplant conferences,
- to schedule a stress test or echocardiogram with my local cardiologist,
- to suggest to participate in a maintenance therapy clinical trial,
- put me in for referral to their ortho-oncology team to evaluate my T4 compression fracture.
Thanks to our appointment having been moved ahead, we were able to drive home at the start of the rush hour adding only 30 additional minutes.
I started this post with stating, today was a special day, it surely was. Arriving back home, I had an early dinner so that I could retire upstairs and rest to get my strength back.