Overcoming Drew’s blood disorder, together

When Jen’s son Drew was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a blood disorder, their entire lives changed. In this blog, Jen describes how she and Drew coped with the disease, treatment and recovery, as well as the care they both received at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. (Click the link to see the center’s new website.) By Jen D’Auteuil Jen and her son Drew When my son Drew was diagnosed with aplastic anemia (AA) at 10 years old, our lives turned upside down. His bone marrow had stopped producing the cells that he needed for iron and oxygen transfers, for blood clotting and fighting off infection, making him very sick very quickly. All of a sudden my active and social little guy was sidelined—he tired easily and was at constant risk of bleeding or getting sick, so he needed to be kept away from almost everyone he knew. He was started on a chemotherapy regimen called anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG), which doctors hoped would reactivate his bone marrow. In the meantime, Drew and our family went into isolation because he couldn’t be in public places, and we had to ban visitors from our home. Our only real contact with the outside world was by texting. (Something I had never bothered with; but a little time in isolation can change your mind!) For the next few months we had to sit in this medical exile to see if the AGT did its job. It was a difficult time, but we were very fortunate to have a supportive and gene...
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Source: Minerva Anestesiologica - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Minerva Anestesiol Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 20 July 2018Source: European UrologyAuthor(s): Felix Preisser, Elio Mazzone, Sebastiano Nazzani, Marco Bandini, Zhe Tian, Michele Marchioni, Thomas Steuber, Fred Saad, Francesco Montorsi, Shahrokh F. Shariat, Hartwig Huland, Markus Graefen, Derya Tilki, Pierre I. KarakiewiczAbstractCytoreductive radical prostatectomy (CRP) may offer a survival advantage, according to several retrospective analyses. However, few data are available regarding the morbidity of radical prostatectomy in the metastatic setting. We addressed intra- and postoperative complications of CRP relative to radical prosta...
Source: European Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
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Publication date: Available online 20 July 2018Source: European UrologyAuthor(s): Atiqullah Aziz, Matthias May, Oliver W. Hakenberg, Sabine D. Brookman-May
Source: European Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
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Source: European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO) - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
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