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Greg was participating in a genetic study with his brothers and sister. Over the course of the study many different tests were performed, including basic bloodwork. The bloodwork showed his blood count was extremely low. They repeated the test and it was even lower the next day. On May 27th, the Dr. did a bone marrow biopsy to see what was causing the low blood count. On May 30th, 2019, Greg was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). MDS is sometimes called Pre-Lukemia, but is still considered a blood cancer. MDS occurs when the blood forming cells in the bone marrow become abnormal.
To treat this, Greg will undergo IV chemo 5 days in a row, then 22 days off, then another 5 day series, then 22 days off. This will continue until Dr. Girnius and the stem cell transplant doctor determine it is time for the transplant.
We will find out more details about this when we meet with the transplant team in a couple weeks. For now he is feeling good, but please just keep him in your prayers.
More info about MDS: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/myelodysplastic-syndrome/treating/stem-cell-transplant.html