Last week, Gleb was taken to the hospital after developping a high fever. His blood showed him to be anemic. When the doctors were examining him, they found masses in his lungs, chest, and neck. After a CT scan showing nodular sclerosis and undergoing a biopsy, Gleb was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
There is no medicine in Ukraine that can cure him. There isn't even equipment that can properly stage just how far this disease has progressed. If they stay in Ukraine, Gleb will be tortured through years of futile drugs that would only wear down his body to the point of total exhaustion.
When I first heard about Gleb's diagnosis, I had hope. After all, I had Hodgkin's nearly 5 years ago, and have been in remission ever since 2013. In the United States, this illness is tough, but curable. Then, I heard the treatment plan. The cocktail of drugs is based on the 1976 regimen! On top of that, they are not planning to put in a central line or port, meaning that this destructive chemotherapy will be poured directly into his veins, destroying the lining of his vital organs. When I heard this, I realized that he was not benefitting from the caring approach of US doctors like I was. Gleb's illness still has not been properly staged. He doesn't even know the names of the drugs being used, and yet chemotherapy is scheduled to start this Monday!
Gleb's only option now is to seek treatment abroad. There are no Ukrainian grants or programs to facilitate this. Please donate to give Gleb a chance at finding a cure. At this point, that is our family's only hope.
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