JudyDowell's Journey with Mantle Cell Lymphoma

Survivor: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) > B-Cell Lymphoma > Mantle Cell Lymphoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 14 years ago, Female, Age: 65, Stage IV

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    over 9 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Lost my hair after the 18th day from when I started R-Chop (4 rounds over 4 months), then cytotoxin for 2 days while hospitalized, then BCNU (extensive chemo) and hospitalized for 31 days. During my stay, I received stem cells that were harvested just before I went in the hospital for the extensive chemo. The solution they use to keep your blood from clotting while they harvest the stem cells was a citric solution and made my sence of smell and taste really nasty... the smell of hot food made me ill, but thanks to anti-nausea meds, I made it. I had my BMT on May 19, 2009. I was clear after that until Feb. of 2012, now I have beginning stages. My first go-round, I was at stage 4E (There is no 5 that I'm aware of). They gave me 6 months with or without chemo, so I took DCA for awhile until the FDA made it impossible for me to get more. I therefore had to go with chemo, and I LIVED!

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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