Thursday, December 10, 2009

DAY +189: Good News

Short and sweet folks. I'm copying in the email text received from Dr. Soiffer today:

From: Robert Soiffer
To: Robert A Siegel
Cc: Amy Joyce
Cc: Susan Kargman
Subject: RE: Pet scan and Bone Marrow Biopsy
Sent: Dec 10, 2009 3:35 PM

By both PET Scan and Bone marrow there is NO evidence of CLL or lymphoma

There is a modest amount of residual fluid (ascites) still remaining in abdomen

OK. Of course, this is wonderful news -- the transplant has done just what we hoped it would do -- but don't go breaking out the bubbly just yet. Susan continues to have her "Y"-days, largely courtesy of the ascites, and there remains, and will remain for months to come, the risk of Graft vs. Host Disease. The various ways that this can present are to a greater or lesser degree uncomfortable or worse. The condition can generally be managed through, but not always, so we are hopeful but must remain vigilant. Susan's next DFCI visit is scheduled for January 4th. Look for the next blog entry that evening or the following day.


  1. Susan,

    Sounds pretty good! Sorry I didn't catch you home that Friday night a few weeks ago, but glad to hear you were out for dinner. Next time I will try to call ahead of time, and hope I time it right. Hope everything continues on the right course.



  2. Hi,

    I have been waiting for the report and how great are the results. So happy for you. See you in July and we are doing the rooftop with a great bottle of wine.

    hugs & kisses,


  3. What wonderful news!!!!!!!!

  4. Yes, such wonderful news!!! We look forward to seeing you and Bob in the country.
    Barb and Peter