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    Old 06-13-2004, 12:58 PM   #1
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    Mylotarg

    Hi. I just wanted to know if anyone has experience with Mylotarg as a treatment for AML. Thanks

     
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    Old 06-23-2004, 11:05 AM   #2
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    Hello,

    You've asked if anyone has experienced Mylotarg. My father (63) was diagnosed Dec 2002 with AML and was only expected to live 2 weeks. He took 2 rounds of Mylotarg. Before taking Mylotarg, he took some high chemotherapy. (7 days on 14 days off, then 5 days on) Mylotarg is a very powerful drug. He went into remission Apr 2003 and the AML came back in Jan 2004. He took 2 more rounds of Mylotarg this year. In Dec 2002, his side effects were bad mouth sores. This last round in 2004, he didn't experience any mouth sores but he experience chills and high fever. Mylotarg takes your blood counts down to almost nothing and then your body will need to start producing on its own. It's been since April when Dad got out of the hospital and his blood counts are still not where they should be. But, he is holding on. I hope things are going good for you or your family. Keep your chins up!

     
    Old 06-23-2004, 03:15 PM   #3
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    Hi. thanks for the information. However, the Dr. found out that Mylotarg would not work for him (My Dad.) So, they gave him Cytarabine for chemo.Right now the white blood cells are very low. Does anyone know about
    filgrastim (Neupogen), i.e. how fast does it work? Thanks

     
    Old 06-24-2004, 05:25 AM   #4
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    Neupogen is a shot to bring up the white blood cells. Dad got them daily in the stomach (they want to give it in a fatty tissue) and they really helped in bringing up the white cells. His count got down to .2 at one time. The shot will bring the up until the cells starts producing on their own. There's also a shot called Procrait to help the red cells also but it's only given every 3 days or so. There's nothing for platelets. I had to give platelets for him but it was a waiting game. His are at 61,000 now. Hang in there! It's a long waiting process.

     
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