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Cancerbro - Stage 4 non Hodgkin lymphoma
MzKrissy Lymphoma
Posted on April 17, 2019, 5:59 a.m.
Stage 4 non Hodgkin lymphoma
On Monday May 9, 2018 I received news that would forever change my life. I was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is cancer that originates in your lymphatic system, the disease-fighting network spread throughout your body. In non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, tumors develop from lymphocytes — a type of white blood cell. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is more common than the other general type of lymphoma — Hodgkin lymphoma. For a month I was in the hospital starting the biggest fight of my life. For four months I endured chemo, test, doctor appointments and everything else that came with my new way of life. In September after my first course of chemo I was hit with more bad news that the chemo was not 100% successful. In November I started a new, stronger, more aggressive chemotherapy. As a part of this regimen I will have to get a stem cell transplant. Stem Cell Transplant for Cancer. Stem cell transplants, including peripheral blood, bone marrow, and cord blood transplants, can be used to treat cancer. Stem cell transplants are most often used for cancers affecting the blood or immune system, such as leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma. Stem cell transplantation, sometimes referred to as bone marrow transplant, is a procedure that replaces unhealthy blood-forming cells with healthy cells. The transplant is necessary because the chemo it literally killing my cells. Having this procedure will allow me to have a brand new immune system and a better chances of the cancer not returning. The state of Nevada does not do these transplants, there for I will have to travel to Oregon. I most likely have to stay there for at least a month or more so that the doctors can watch my progress. I am currently on my third course of treatment (r-chop, r-ice and now immunotherapy) because the cancer has spread back to my spleen.