in remission since: 2011
cure for lymphoma caused his leukemia
After two years of intensive chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma, five-year-old Alex was officially cancer free. But, a week after his sixth birthday, Alex began experiencing night sweats and bruising. After going to the hospital and undergoing many tests, Alex and his family learned the chemotherapy he received to treat his lymphoma had caused a genetic mutation. Alex had cancer, again.
Alex was only three and a half years old when he was diagnosed with lymphoma. After a two-year battle, with intensive chemotherapy, Alex was in remission.
However, a week after Alex's sixth birthday, Alex learned he had cancer again. The chemotherapy he had received caused a genetic mutation, leading to a completely different cancer - leukemia.
Now that Alex was very high-risk leukemia patient, his only option was a bone marrow transplant. Alex's donor marrow was flown across the world.
One year post transplant, Alex shows no evidence of disease and is back in school, leading a normal seven-year-old boy life.
"We are profoundly grateful for the research that has helped our son battle cancer twice," says Alex's mom. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is focused on ensuring that all blood cancer patients have outcomes like Alex's - not someday, but today.hide full story