My mom has been sick for 2 months. After numerous tests, doctors, etc. She was finally referred to a hematologist. He ordered more blood work and a bone marrow biopsy. When he got the results he sent her to an oncologist specialist. He told her you don't have leukemia yet, but you could develop it so you need to see him. She went this past Tuesday. She had welts on her legs, bruising on her arms, and swollen neck glands. So, the doctor admitted her. They did a biopsy from her neck gland and leg tissue the next day. We got the results on Friday. The biopsies were clear. I was not there so I didn't here the doctor myself. My parents told me he said "you don't have leukemia yet, but can develop it." Her blast count from the bone marrow biopsy is 16%. Her papers when discharged reads "evolving leukemia from background of CMML (Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia)" She will start chemotherapy this week for 5 days a week for a month.
We do not understand how she does NOT have leukemia but her blast is 16% and the papers read background of CMML as well as she is doing chemo for a month. I am just trying to get a better grasp on this. This is all new to my family and I am trying to find out as much as I can and get the most support. She is 66 years old, but I am really hoping she can fight this. Thanks for any info or advice!