Andy and I and Deb’s friend Christopher went with Deb today to Stanford, where she received her donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) as an outpatient. The lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, were collected from Deb’s original donor, Mr. International, who remains anonymous to us. The hope is that the donor cells will attack and kill the leukemia cells and allow space for the good cells to grow.
It can take a couple of months before we know if the DLI has worked. Deb is at risk for lower blood counts and infection during this time period. Graft vs host disease (GVHD), where the donor cells see Deb’s cells as foreign and attack them, can begin in 4-10 weeks. This is a complication that happens 40-50% of the time, and can range from mild to severe.
Thank you for your support, and please continue to hold Deb in your prayers as she continues her fight against the leukemia.