UPDATE: We asked Kayla if she had anything to add to the below, and she had this to say: “My treatment’s going good. I just got the results from my latest bone marrow biopsy and as of now I’m cancer free so I will continue to transplant next month. I’m feeling alright but I have my ups and downs. I would like to thank everyone for all their prayers and support. It means so much to my family and myself.”
Kayla and Charley
A Parker resident is undergoing her third round battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (ACL). Kayla Anderson, 23, has been in treatment for relapse at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ since the beginning of February.
Kayla will reportedly be getting a stem cell transplant after a round of chemo and radiation. She was first diagnosed with the rare form of cancer back in 2011, and underwent two rounds of treatment then at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
ACL is a cancer of the myeloid line of blood cells, characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells that accumulate in the bone marrow and interfere with the production of normal blood cells. According to the Mayo clinic, treatment begins by aiming to achieve remission, after which patients usually need more treatment called ‘maintenance therapy’ or ‘intensification’. The further treatment is aimed at destroying the remaining leukemia cells.
A fundraiser page has been set up to help Kayla with medical expenses HERE as Parker area people pledge their support.