Andrea Hutton

First post: 12/31/2016 Latest post: 7/19/2017

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On December 14th I had a routine blood test.  The next afternoon my doctor told me to come in immediately and gave me the news that I might have leukemia and that she'd made an appointment for me the next day with a hematologist.   On the following Tuesday I met with the top hematologist at UCSF Medical Center and that evening I was admitted.  Chemo started the next day, a week after the initial blood test!


The miracle of all this is that I had no symptoms, even when chemo started.  If I had not had the blood test it might have been three weeks before symptoms brought me to a doctor and were identified as leukemia.  If I'd had the blood test a week earlier it probably would not have indicated leukemia!


The type of leukemia is Acute Myeloid Leukemia, or AML for short.  The initial treatment is called 7+3 chemotherapy - 7 continuous days of one type of chemo with 3 days of another type simultaneously.  This ended on Tuesday the 27th.  The story continues with journal updates.

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