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By rev.dennis in K8 Strong the JouneyThis week isn't about the chemo but more about a big Tuesday appointment where Kate will move
from a PICC line
to a PORT
as well as get an Bone Marrow Biopsy / MRD Test.
What is an MRD Test?
Measurable or minimal residual disease (MRD) testing is used to see if the cancer treatment is working and to guide further treatment plans. MRD testing is mainly used in blood cancers (leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma), but is being studied in other cancers. It is a type of personalized medicine, because the results can be used to tailor your treatment plan.
What can the MRD test find?
This test can find even the smallest amount of cancer cells that may be remaining after treatment. This can:
Show how well your cancer has responded to the treatment you received. Do a better job of finding out if you are in remission than other tests. Find a cancer recurrence sooner than other tests. MRD tests use highly sensitive methods, including multi-parametric flow cytometry and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). These methods look for any remaining cancer cells that cannot be seen in routine tests. This test can detect even 1 cancer cell among 1 million normal cells.
MRD testing is also useful in clinical trials for new medicines. MRD can show how well the medicine is working at treating the cancer without having to wait months to see if the cancer returns.
MRD and ALL
Part of routine testing in the treatment of pediatric and most adult ALL. Can detect relapse earlier than other tests. This allows for earlier treatment if relapse is suspected. Studies show that MRD is the best way to predict what treatments will be most helpful after the induction phase ALL treatment. MRD can also help identify patients most at risk for ALL relapse. These patients may have the best chance for a cure with a bone marrow transplant. Patients with good MRD response may be able to avoid transplant.
By rev.dennis in Web BlogSo many choices and the decision feels like a big one. I have so many stupid email accounts that its beyond stupid but in reality I haven't really found one that does everything. Its like a typical Microsoft product where it gets almost half way there and then falls short.
I would mention that I believe Gmail is probably the most popular, most used email of everyone but man its just not easy to use. Why is it so hard to get to an address book?
Next I would probably give it up to Yahoo for being third which is very very focused on advertisements but it too is very difficult to find contacts/address book but yet easier than gmail.
Outlook is typically blocked when you send email since its very prone to carry virus and spam but its very very microsoft focused. Its slow when I've used it and again, the emails typically end up in the recipients spam folder.
ZoHo Mail isn't bad at all. Its probably the easiest to use but when you setup on your phone, it doesn't sync your contacts so you might not want to count on that. Just mail and notes will sync to your phone. So disappointed with no calendar or contacts.
By rev.dennis in K8 Strong the JouneyToday is a great day as it celebrates a day back in 1985 when Kate Michelle was born with the help of her loving parents Diane and Larry Sipes and her two protectors (big brothers) Bill and Corey.
To really celebrate and understand someone's birthday, you take a minute and imagine what would life be like if they weren't born. I know I would of never found true love. Someone who cares as much for me as I do about them. A best friend that I don't mind being intimate with. Sharing life experiences together I couldn't imagine doing all these things without her. So her birthday is a big day for me.
I'll quote many songs that say, "The world is a better place with you in it" can not be more true about you Kate.