The prognosis for ALL patients is very good relative to other types of
cancer. With the current regiments and chemotherapy, ALL patients have an
85%-90% cure rate.
Mason's response to the the treatments have been excellent. The hardest
part of the treatments are the side effects of chemotherapy drugs. Often
times, he must take 3 medicines to prevent the side effects of one chemotherapy
Currently he suffers from severe irritability, constipation, and stomach
problems. All of these are side effects of one or more chemotherapy drugs.
Mason has also suffered compression fractures on his lower vertebrae.
These fractures are most likely caused by the leukemia weakening the bones, but
more tests on 12.Mar.03 should give the doctors more information about the
status of bones. He is currently wearing a form fitting brace around his
torso to support his back and heal the fractures.
Mason will undergo 3 years of treatment for ALL. Each of
treatment for the first 8 months is split up into phases that range from
28 to 49 days in duration. Phases alternate between harsh and easy
to allow his body to recuperate.