RDR will be back to US mid Oct for AGR

Sept. 16-22, 2010

Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said Monday that he would be back to California “to be with AGR” about middle of October and by the time when the doctors of Stanford Cancer Center will start removing his son’s stem cells and replace it new ones.

Saying that the stem cell transplant is the “most important” in his cancer treatment, the governor said that his presence as a father is needed by his son Congressman Anthony del Rosario (second district), whom he said has been showing to be healing fast way ahead of the doctors’ schedule after getting initial chemotherapy treatments.

He said that the schedule of the stem cell transplant for the congresman is even ahead of its schedule in the six-month treatment period for the congressman.

“He just sent me his text message about a great news to let me know about his full treatment and recovery period,” he said.

With AGR’s fast recovery, he is expected to arrive home before December.

Net resources on http://children.webmd.com says that most stem cells are in the bone marrow. “You also have some that circulate from your marrow into your blood. Bone marrow stem cells turn into red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets to help your body stay healthy. If your bone marrow is damaged or destroyed, it can no longer make normal blood cells. In a stem cell transplant, healthy stem cells are placed in your body through an IV to help your bone marrow start to work right,” it says.

“Stem cells come from another person, or from your own blood or bone marrow. When is a stem cell transplant needed? Doctors use stem cell transplants to: treat diseases that damage or destroy the bone marrow, such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, and aplastic anemia, or restore bone marrow that has been damaged by total body radiation and high doses of chemotherapy used for cancer treatment,” says the site.

The governor arrived in the province Monday last week after he was out from the Capitol for less than a month. He went to the US to visit the congressman last August 14.  (RUN/cha monforte)

Cong. Del Rosario is currently on leave from Congress. He went to the US for treatment of his recurred hodgkin lymphoma cancer last June.

Though on leave, his congressional projects and tasks except sitting or voting in Congress are left to the care of his younger brother Raffy, who is AGR’s chief of staff. (RUN/cha monforte)


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