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    Side Effects (Fever): About the time I hit nadir I required a platelet transfusion. Later I had a fever and had to go to the emergency department and be admitted to he hospital for IV antibiotics to treat a pneumonia and anything else they could find.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I have had my first round of DexaBEAM high dose chemotherapy. So far I can largely manage side effects with medications. Each round is 10 days. Eight of the infusions must be administered at 12 hour intervals. This requires hospitalization for 4 to 5 days each round. This isn't for sissies!

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    Oh No (Cancer is back/Recurred ): The brentuximab helped with the pleural effusions but did not reduce the tumor load.

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    Decision Point (Autologous Stem Cell Transplant): My oncologist wants to do one more round of the brentuximab and check results with. PET then start working with a team for a stem cell transplant.

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      Schlegel

      Five years ago I was told by a transplant doctor that an autologous transplant was no better than chemo. I have follicular lymphoma, so I do not know if that is true for other lymphomas.

      over 2 years ago
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      DonnaP

      Well...things have changed. I am now doing high dose chemotherapy.
      The doctor I consulted about autologous stem cell transplant said that it wasn't a curative measure but a stabilizing measure. He wants me to work on reducing the tumor load to a minimum first.

      over 2 years ago