Less than a week after former Butler center Andrew Smith was readmitted to the hospital following a bone marrow transplant, his wife Samantha announced that his lymphoma has transformed into leukemia.
The following is from Samantha Smith's blog, Kicking Cancer with the Smiths, which she has used to update the public on Andrew's condition since the beginning of the journey.
Smith was a key part of Butler's national semifinalist teams in 2010 and 2011.
"Andrew’s disease has become extremely aggressive. It has transformed from a lymphoma into leukemia; this means it is no longer a targeted mass that we can treat, it is now running through the veins of his entire body in his blood. I won’t mince words; this is very, very bad news. We are worried. We are scared. We are devastated.
At this point, the transplant has failed. Essentially, this vicious disease has chewed up and spit out every single drug and treatment we have tried in the past two years like it was nothing. So, we potentially have one final treatment option left and that is a clinical study. Our incredible team of doctors is fighting endlessly on our behalf making phone calls to every potential institution that might have a trial for us to be a part of. But at the end of the day, we need a miracle." -