At St. Jude’s, John was placed under the world-renowned care of Doctor Ching-Hon Pui. His treatment, detailed by his mom Kathy, lets you know just how much is involved: “His treatment will last 3 years! It is done in 3 phases. Phase 1, induction, lasts 6-7 weeks of INTENSE treatment. John must stay in Memphis for the entire phase. Phase 2, consolation, lasts 8 weeks. John will need to travel to Memphis every 10-14 days for treatment during this phase. We’d like to have John back in Charlotte during some of this phase and travel back and forth if he is able. He misses his home! Phase 3, continuation, last 120 weeks. It is weekly chemotherapy. Yes, you heard me correctly, 120 weeks of weekly chemotherapy. The majority of this phase will be in Charlotte. He has a rough road ahead. He will lose his hair and gain weight from that mass amount of steroids. BUT HE WILL STILL BE THE JOHN WE KNOW AND LOVE! John is fighting and will continue to fight until he is cured! He has unstoppable determination!”
Phase 1, Induction is complete. They had to extend it a bit longer than usual, but it was successful. John underwent the most intense phase of treatment and is as strong as ever. This past Thursday, John underwent an “MRD” test to see if any leukemia was left in his body. This is where I bring you the great news. On Friday, the results came in and he is Leukemia free! John, with the help of Dr. Pui and his team, kicked cancer’s ass! The Hagens headed home to Charlotte, arriving Monday night. On to Phase 2 of treatment now. While he still has 2 ½ years of treatment remaining, this is the best news we all could hope for. As Rich and Kathy can’t say enough, everyone’s prayers helped tremendously. They have been forever thankful for all the support everyone has given during this difficult time. Let’s all continue to give our support and keep John in our prayers going forward! I, for one, have found personal inspiration in watching John stare cancer down with his UNSTOPPABLE DETERMINATION!
Be good,Don Montanaro
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