Devils center Brian Boyle said Wednesday that the cancer he was diagnosed with last September is now in remission. (NHL.com)
The 33-year-old announced the good news after receiving the results of his latest blood test on Monday. Boyle, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia on Sept. 19, 2017, was initially told by doctors that full remission could take up to 18 months. Instead it took just over 13 months.
"A test (BCR-ABL1) looks for the leukemia cells in your blood and when I was first diagnosed, it was at 75 percent," Boyle said, per NHL.com. "At the end of last season, it was at .08 percent, and in July I was .04 percent. The results showed all zeros on Monday. It's full molecular remission, and I feel really good. It was kind of the way the progression was happening the last few tests. When I told my wife, she was excited and got emotional.
"The game plan has been working well, and now I'm just going to continue with it. It was good news, but it doesn't change a whole lot for me and I'll continue taking the medicine."