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Richard (Dick) Dwyer
Oct 16, 2017 Latest post:
Sep 1, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your prayers, support and words of hope and encouragement. Julie, Brian and I will do our best to keep this site updated. Thank you for visiting.
Dad went in for a bone marrow biopsy on Tuesday. This biopsy was somewhat routine with his doctor monitoring his hemochromatosis, a condition in which your body stores excess iron at very high levels.
On Wednesday, Dad received a call that none of us were expecting. He has leukemia. Thursday morning he met with his doctor and was admitted into Mercy Hospital. His leukemia is acute AML with a FLT3 mutation. He will receive a port today (Friday) and begin an aggressive 3+7 chemo. This means he will receive 3 days of one chemo drug as well as 7 days of another chemo drug. This requires 24 hour IV infusion, so he will be in the hospital for at least 3-4 weeks. On day 8 he will start a pill form of chemo. On day 14 they will do another bone marrow biopsy to see if this chemo regiment is working. If it is working, he will be transferred to the University of MN Hospital or the Mayo Clinic for a bone marrow transplant.
As you can imagine, this is a lot of information to wrap our brains around in such a short amount of time. We truly appreciate your prayers and positive vibes!