Hi everyone, hopefully someone can help me understand my situation. I am the main caregiver and support provider for my friend who was diagnosed with CML in November 2012. She went through a round a chemo and oral treatment and the cancer "got worse". She doesn't say much to me because she doesn't want me to worry and isn't ready to talk about everything openly yet. I try not to push her but I would like some answers if possible.
While she was recovering she went to the gym and over did things. She ended up passing out and was hospitalized overnight. I can't remember if it was announced prior to or after this episode that the sickness had worsened, but I know that she was scheduled to have a second wave of chemo treatment. This time the doctor instructed that she stay at a facility for 2 weeks under supervision. The chemo had "complications" and she now needs a bone marrow transplant.
That's the background. Now for my confusion. I have read all the positive information about CML, the new oral treatments since 2001. Lots of positive things. It seems like this can be treated well and long lives can be lived. Great news! With that said, here are my questions. Keep in mind I don't know what stage she is currently in or which stage she was diagnosed in, but my understanding is that most are diagnosed in the chronic stage.
If the oral treatments are so effective, why would she enter chemo so quickly into the diagnosis? Chemo was about 3 months after diagnosis.
What effects would overdoing it at the gym have on her health? How bad? :-/
During her second round of chemo there were "complications". I don't know what they are, but now she is scheduled to have a bone marrow transplant. A donor has been found. What could have happened to go from chemo to a transplant?
How much different is the prognosis for a transplant compared to the success stories of an orally treated CML prognosis?
Thanks for your help!!