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NHL: Over A Year In Remission

Good day all! I am 67 yrs old and over a year ago, I was diagnosed with marginal zone, B cell NHL with a tumor in my spleen. My spleen was 3x the size it should have been and stretched down to my groin. I was very fatigued and had lost 30 lbs in a year’s time. My PCP sent me to a hematologist/ oncologist when iron did not correct my anemia. The oncologist did a bone marrow biopsy and some blood work, and identified my condition as stage 2b.

I treated in June 2017 with 4 rounds of Rituxan and thank goodness, I went into remission and have remained in remission so far. I feel good and see the oncologist every 3 months for blood work with attention to the Light Chains. I pray I caught this in time. I am encouraged that there is so much developing for blood cancers all the time.

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Comments

  • Ann Harper moderator
    5 months ago

    Having a positive outlook helps. My suggestion is to say, “They caught this in time and I’m done!”. It won’t hurt and might help. I wish you the best.

  • Yolanda Brunson-Sarrabo moderator
    9 months ago

    Hi @hawkfan01, I’m so happy to hear you’re in remission. The anxiety never really goes away, just continue to stay positive. I agree the new developments in blood cancer gives us increasing hope. Best!

  • Daniel Malito moderator
    9 months ago

    @hawkfan01 Glad to hear it! It’s good that you caught it early enough to do something about it. I wish you the best! Keep on keepin’ on, DPM

  • hawkfan01 author
    9 months ago

    TY Daniel. I see the oncologist in a month and there’s always a bit of anxiety about 2 weeks before I see him. I think I’m in the “wait and see” mode of this journey. I takebit 3 months at a time.

  • Ann Harper moderator
    4 months ago

    Those upcoming tests always cause a bit of fear, even if you try not to think about them.

  • hawkfan01 author
    9 months ago

    Hi all again – I wanted to add that I had a differential diagnosis going on when my cancer was probably in full gear. Before I was diagnosed with NHL, I was diagnosed with a rheumatoid condition called PMR – or Polymialgia Rhematica. I had to go on 20 mgs of prednisone to start and wean down through the months until my body was comfortable with the rheumatoid symptoms I was having. As we went along and after my diagnosis of NHL, and ultimate remission, so too did I go into remission for the PMR. It is believed the inflammation from the cancer is what drove the PMR.

  • Ann Harper moderator
    5 months ago

    You are probably right. So glad everything is going well for you now.

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