Bill Battle will be returning to work soon.
The Alabama athletic director has completed the latest in a series of treatments for multiple myeloma, feels great, and is hopes to return to work on a limited basis in the near future.
“Mr. Battle had an uneventful transplant course and is recovering well, as we expected,” said Dr. Sagar Lonial, a world-renowned expert in the research and treatment of multiple myeloma.”He should be returning home to Alabama soon.”
Battle underwent a stem cell transplant on June 27 in Atlanta, and was released from the hospital on July 8. He spent two weeks in outpatient care and was given the OK to return to his Tuscaloosa home on Wednesday, July 20.
“I have completed this latest phase of my fight against multiple myeloma, and the outcome was extremely positive,” Battle said in a press release. “My wife, Mary, a licensed oncology nurse, has been an amazing force in every stage of this fight over the last two years. I was fortunate to get early detection, aggressive treatment by the best doctors, and entered this recent phase in reasonably good physical shape. All of those factors were vital to this positive outcome. However, maybe the most important factor has been the outpouring of thoughts and prayers from around the country. It has been overwhelming, and Mary and I are most appreciative.
“At this time, multiple myeloma is incurable but is very treatable. Great progress has been made over the past few years and more is expected in the future. Longer life and better quality of life is expected from those with early detection, with good fitness levels, and the autologous transplant. The transplant process pretty much wipes out the bone marrow and the immune system temporarily, but rapidly regrows. The risk for infections diminishes over time and as the patient recovers from the process.”