First, Avery is doing great at home! We were a little worried about how she would adjust, but she’s having no problems at all.
Because, of course she is!
Second, she begins her pre-CAR-T chemo tomorrow.
It will be done at the clinic each day through Friday.
This means she’ll only spend a few hours at the hospital and then come back home (barring any adverse side effects).
What is pre-CAR-T therapy?
CAR-T therapy helps to suppress the immune system slightly so it doesn’t react to the incoming CAR-T cells.
Plus, it creates space for the infused reprogrammed CAR T-cells to grow and multiply.
Then, next Tuesday (7/6), she will be get her CAR T-cells infused. These are the 7 million cells they pulled from her on April 20.
The hope is that her newly reprogrammed CAR T-cells begin to multiply and attack the leukemia cells.
They will do a bone marrow biopsy at 28 days post-infusion, another at 3 mos, and then one more at 6 months.
We’re praying this works and puts Avery into REMISSION.