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    I've been diagnosed with splenic marginal zone lymphoma, a function, I believe , of a 45 year case of hepatitis c, which I cured afew years ago. I presently have no symptoms, and am on a "wait and see" basis. My spleen is enlarged, and my white blood cell count is rising gradually. Iwant to avoid the damaging effect of chemo, or radiation. II wasdiagnosed about 8 years ago, and am 69, and relatively healthy. Any suggestions to slow down this disease from becoming active? (I've been indolent since dx)

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    Decision Point (whether or not to treat chronic hepatitis c, which created cancer and will possibly cure both): Several specialists claim SMZL is an outgrowth of chronic hep-c , aqnd if I cure the virus, odds are the cancer will remit and disappear. Neither disease has caused symptoms. Cancer is indolent, and my liver has mild fibrosis. The standard treatment for hcv (hepatitis) is a 26 week course of interfuron, and daily ribavirin, both toxic, with nasty side effects, some possibly permanent. Some doctors suggest a wait and see program, with monthly blood analysis. Others suggest going after the hcv, and hope for the best. Aside from mild fatigue, I have no symptoms. Having trouble deciding what to do. Fatigue could be a function of age, and sedentary lifestyle.

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      very little is known about this outgrowth of hcv. R.E.T. scan shows negative for tumors or cancerous activity, bone marrow biopsy and p.b. show abnormal cellular growth. Spleen is enlarged, low platelet count, high wbc count. No symptoms of either hcv or SMZL. Feel fine. Am active, and pursuing nutritional and supplements prophylactically. Eat fish, raw vegs,, some eggs. No dairy, low sugar, low gluten, high fiber diet. Drink lots of water, juices (raw, fr4om juicer), detox tea 2x daily. This regimen has made a difference in test results, for the good., Would love to correspond with someone in same dilemna. Will not take treatment for hcv, which, I was told by two oncologists, would cure the cancer, if I treat hcv successfully. My hcv genotype is 2b, a more curable hcv, but the current treatment includes very toxic chemicals, which can permanently damage other organs. Was told that a less toxic cure for hcv is coming shortly, and have been advised to adopt a "wait and see" position, as long as no sign of disease progression exists. Anyone out there have an experienced opinion on my condition?

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