Nine AM this morning Dr. DiStefano came in to give Sheila a bone marrow biopsy. This is her forth bone marrow biopsy. The results of this, which will take a few days to come back, will determine the next course of treatment. Most likely it will be another round of chemo. She also received one unit of platelets because her count was only 14 thousand and should be 19 thousand or more. The biopsy was done in the room in about 30 minutes and went quite well considering this time all she had was a local anaesthetic. We also cut off all her hair right down to the scalp because it was all falling out anyways. This way it is all gone at once and she doesn't have to watch it get thinner and thinner and then all fall out.
What is a bone marrow biopsy?http://www.emedicinehealth.com/bone_marrow_biopsy/article_em.htm
What are platelets?
What is chemo?http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/content/ETO_1_2X_Chemotherapy_What_It_Is_How_It_Helps.asp