Stage IV Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Survivor
Like most Lymphoma patients, this Cancer usually has no symptoms until it has spread - I initially went to the ER because my right leg had swollen 3x the size of my left leg. After a PET scan, they realized I had a "bulky" tumor on my Iliac (Pelvis Area) that was blocking my blood vessels, and was inoperable. Also, I had another "bulky" tumor in the Para-Aortic section, and small tumors in my neck & armpit area.
After 3 biopsies (from the tumor in my iliac, bone marrow, and neck) and 2 1/2 weeks later, I finally had a diagnosis. While this sounds completely horrible, this has a 70% cure rate. So we are COMPLETELY optimistic that this will be knocked out after the treatments are completed! After the 3rd round of Chemo (May 5th), there was significant improvement in the bulky para-aortic & iliac tumors (Down from 11cm and 6cm to 4.4cm and 3.8cm), and no new tumors were seen. Period. My bone marrow also saw no new leisons. PET Scan done after my 6th round of Chemo found no evidence of any tumors, and my Bone Marrow Biopsy was also clear. Since the inital tumors were so large, my oncologist wanted to go ahead and do 2 more treatments - so after 8 rounds of Chemo, I am finally in Full Remission! Hooray!