Okay there have been some questions about exactly what I have. I will do my best to explain it. I am quite dense on cancer and leukemia. Until Friday, April 1st I did not know that leukemia was cancer of the blood!
Okay here goes on what I have (as far as what that means I would check the links from an earlier post):
I have leukemia.
Specifically acute leukemia, not chronic leukemia.
Of the two types of acute leukemia, I have acute myeloid leukemia (AML), rather than acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).
There are eight classifications of AML I have: “AML M3 ? Promyelocytic” which is also frequently stated as: “Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia” or just APL.
Hope that is somewhat clearer than mud.
My brother-in-law, Trey, found some great links on what I am going through. Here is what he put together:
Understanding AML “This has a good page with the types of AML, and the FAB classification table” For example, it names the M3 type.
General information about AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) from cancer.gov (For patients)
Acute Myeloid Leukemia from cancer.gov (For Health Professionals)
Treatment of Acute Promyelocytic (M3) Leukemia (AML)
AP John institute for cancer research, AML Information
There are TONs more, but they all pretty much say the same things. The most important one to me was the Treatment of Acute Promy… page because it states a 70-90% cure rate for the all-trans retinoic acid (vitamin a relative) plus chemo treatment.
Thanks Trey! That treatment plan metioned is essentially the plan I will start going through later this morning.