On Wednesday afternoon, while Luca was receiving his third round of treatment at Sloan, Dr. Shukla sent an email to Dr. Steinherz with the final, cytogenic-level results from last week's bone marrow test. Upon receiving the email, Dr. Steinherz ran from his office, burst into Luca's room, and gave Manal and Auntie Didi the news: Luca is officially in remission. Then he gave Manal a big hug. After a long grueling battle with rapidly spreading Leukemia and the first two rounds of chemotherapy, Luca does not have any cancer cells in his body.
We feel immensely blessed. Remission was by no means a given, and we truly believe that we wouldn't have gotten here without all of your love and prayers. We can't even begin to adequately show our gratitude. And, of course, we're enormously proud of Luca for his strength, strong will, and refusal to give up.
The plan moving forward is the same. Because AML is such an aggressive form of Leukemia, Luca will continue to receive treatment in order to maintain his remission. We'll be in and out of the hospital, where we've made so many new friends, for months to come. For now we though, we'll celebrate this giant step towards a cure. Way to go Luca!