September 24, 2002
Dad's tests came back very negative. At this
point, the doctors believe that any form of traditional "treatments" for
AML, combined with his
other health issues would likely kill him, or cause very significant damage. Transplants are not an
option because they have to take place once the leukemia is "under control." They also tend not to
work with people over 65 or 70 on AML.
The treatments in question typically render
someone defenseless from germs and other antibodies. Given his medical history, and the fact that he
couldn't fight off a simple cold while undertaking these treatments, the doctors suggest that he would
need to stay hospitalized for the entire treatment
Even if the treatments are successful, he would
only buy a few additional months. He likely would not live as long as another year WITH treatment. Without
treatment, he would likely pass away within a month or so. With treatment and due to his condition, he would
likely spend 90 percent or more of his remaining days in the hospital, with very limited visitation, etc.