National Institutes of Health:
The TP53 gene provides instructions for making a protein called tumor protein p53. This protein acts as a tumor suppressor, which means that it regulates cell division by keeping cells from growing and dividing too fast or in an uncontrolled way.
They are recommending I go through a treatment with Ibrutinib (pill) and Rituxan (intravenous). Neither one is chemo and wouldn't have severe side effects.
However, as soon as the drugs get me into remission I will be scheduled for a bone marrow transplant. I'm happy to have 6 siblings, because each of my siblings has a 25% chance of being a successful donor. (They can donate blood, rather than bone marrow, which is not as invasive.) The transplant would be at least a month in the hospital. It would be difficult and doesn't have any guarantees, but Ed and I can do hard things! We're waiting for a confirmation from the doctor at Huntsman Cancer Institute before we start treatment.
We drove home from the hospital in a snowstorm, apt for our mood!
The good news is that I feel good and have the okay to wait till January to start treatment. We're looking forward to enjoying Christmas with the family before I go back into treatment.