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My 1 year CAR-T anniversary and from ASH 2018, Dr. Siddiqi on how CLL treatment has changed.

bkoffmanCLL CURE Hero


March 22, 2019 was my one year anniversary of receiving my experimental CAR-T cells in Seattle.

About a month earlier, I got the great news that I remain U-MRD4 in the peripheral blood- no CLL to be found. Read more here:

Also this week, I posted a brief ASH 2018 interview with Dr. Siddiqi that hits the important practice changing data that emerged from ASH 2018. See:

Enjoying a total of two weeks at home before I head to Bethesda for our educational forum at the NIH on April 5. Hope to see some of you there.

Stay strong.

We are all in this together.


Brian Koffman MDCM DCFP, DABFM, MS Ed

Co-Founder, Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer

CLL Society, Inc.

PO Box 1390

Claremont, CA 91711

20 Replies

Congrats on your one-year anniversary Brian! Great news.

Great news Brian and Patty. Happy anniversary.

Great mews,dear Brian!Congrats!



Excellent news.

Inspiration to us all.


Amazing!! Wonderful news. Such progress!! I am so happy for you!!


You are the *Gift* that keeps on giving!

Thank you for sharing your journey.


Wonderful news Brian! Thank you so much for keeping us up to date on your journey and helping us to uderstand what is available to us in the realm of treatment options.

I pray for your continued healing in the months and years to come.


Great news Brian long may it last.


Very cool Brian I read your blog and followed you carT expeience. I also read all the Cll society newsletters,it’s a great service you provide for us.

I am curious, if you can say, did you consider venetoclax over carT?

bkoffmanCLL CURE Hero
in reply to cajunjeff

I have a blog post that deals with my thought process.of choosing CAR-T instead of Venetoclax. Briefly CAR-T left the V option open. It was less clear if I failed V that I could do CAR-T.

in reply to bkoffman

Okay thanks. I thought I had read all your blog posts on that, I must have missed that one. It must have been a very tough choice for you at the time (and a courageous choice I might add). It appears to have been a great choice as well, you are mrd negative and still have venetoclax in your back pocket.

Thanks again for all the work you put into Cll society, it’s a great resource for us all. Let me know when you have your next site fundraiser, I would like to be a regular contributor. Jeff.

Happy anniversary Brian.


Great reading. Happy Anniversary.


Congrats, just curious did Car t cure your cll, or is it too early too know?

bkoffmanCLL CURE Hero
in reply to Sushibruno

One can only hope, but I won't know for sure that I am cured until I die of other causes hopefully decades from now. Seriously, what I am still U-MRD at 5 years, it is starting to smell a lot like a cure.

Does the risk of secondary cancers go down in near MRD state even if not cured?

in reply to bkoffman

Smelling like a cure makes me happy!😊

bkoffmanCLL CURE Hero

Don't know. If we are less immune suppressed, then probably yes, but that is far from certain and is very dependent on what method was used to get to undetectable disease.

in reply to bkoffman

hope your cured Brian.

Thank you for keeping us up to date on your wonderful and fantastic news! I too am optimistic that you and other patients with undetectable levels of their specific cancer cell clone, or better yet any clone specific DNA sequence, are indeed cured. If these tests continue to come back negative over time as they have for you, then the question for me is how to get healthy levels of B-cell lymphocytes differentiated from the Hematopoietic Stem Cells?

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