Tom Hager

First post: Oct 18, 2022 Latest post: Mar 29, 2023
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Tom was diagnosed in June of 2022 with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the blood. He has been undergoing chemo and also dialysis 3 days a week and chemo 1 X a week for 4 months. He was referred to KUMED in Kansas City for treatment which is a stem cell transplant. This week , Nov 3 and 4th we will leave for Kansas City and he has 2 full days of testing , labs, biopsies, body scan, and other tests. If all looks well, we will return to KC on Nov. 10th for his injections daily of a growth factor which helps his existing stem cells get stronger. The growth shots are 4 days, then on the 5th and 6th day they harvest them. Tom will be admitted to the hospital at KUMED shortly after that and will remain in the hospital for 2 weeks. He will under go a large dose of chemo on 1 day and then they will do the stem cell transplant a day or so after. After the transplant we will stay in KC at a facility, which is for care givers and cancer patients, Hope Lodge, for another 2 weeks with trips daily back to KU to monitor his progress as an out patient. Hopefully we will be home by Christmas and a 100 day isolation starts then. The stem cell transplant will take care of the myeloma cancer, and we are hoping his kidneys will rebound. This cancer attacks the kidneys also hence the dialysis every other day. I will be sharing updates here and your welcome to send lots of love and prayers or silly stuff too. Thanks friends, all of you and family too for being incredibly supportive in getting Tom through the first journey of this cancer and on to the healing part of it. We are thankful for all of you. ❤

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