Despite the intensive chemotherapy and/or radiation given prior to the transplant, some children suffer a recurrence of the original disease. This is most likely to occur in the first two years post-transplant.
Jody had his transplant in October, and we thought he was doing wonderfully. In June he just started getting tired and slowing down. We brought him in and found out that he had relapsed. They said there was no hope for a cure, but they thought that they could get him into remission again. He lived for another fifteen months.
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