My journey with lymphoma

I am quickly learning about lymphoma and follicular lymphoma more specifically. Below, is a quick overview about follicular lymphoma, my prognosis, and treatment options. For more information, I have also included some useful links.

Follicular lymphoma

Follicular lymphoma is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that affects the B-cells or B lymphocytes. It commonly affects adults ~50 years of age. It is often a slow growing or indolent form of lymphoma, although has the potential to transform into a more aggressive form of B-cell lymphoma. While follicular lymphoma responds well to treatment, there is currently no cure.

http://www.lymphoma.ca/lymphoma/lymphoma-101/types-lymphoma/types-nhl#2

http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/non-hodgkin-lymphoma/non-hodgkin-lymphoma/types-of-nhl/follicular-lymphoma/?region=on

My prognosis & course of treatment

My lymphoma is currently at stage 3 (out of 4 stages). Fortunately, it is confined to the lymph nodes and has not spread to the bone marrow or any other organs.

I’m currently undergoing 6 rounds of chemotherapy. Once a month I receive 2 doses of Bendamustine (a derivative of mustard gas)  and 1 dose of Rituximab (Rituxan®).

http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/NR/rdonlyres/752EF5BF-BD03-40CD-AA7C-AA172B5697EB/71930/Bendamustine_monograph_1Sep2014.pdf

http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/NR/rdonlyres/132AFBF5-1FD3-4E4E-ADE8-8E13A7BA44A9/71936/Rituximab_monograph_1Sep2014.pdf

5 Comments

  1. Natasha Blanchet-Cohen

    Thank you Cheryl! Seeing this website I thought that is just Cheryl. You are meeting this challenge with your own unique creativity and it is a priviledge that you share this with your community. That you can bring us back to the core things of life, remind us of its fragility and the importance of how we approach it. In friendship, Natasha

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    1. Cheryl (Post author)

      Thank you Natasha for your kind words! Love you!

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  2. Nancie Mabee

    Dear Cheryl,
    I have been following you courage journey since the first day I heard the news!You are such an incredibly brave and Strong young woman!Tanner and I are wishing you all the best tomorrow, for what I know will be the beginning of a fight only you Cheryl…ARE TRULY TOUGH ENOUGH TO WIN!!
    You are in our Prayers!!

    Love, Nancie and Tanner

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  3. Ann Hucke

    I too am going through the path of follicular lymphoma, now doing my 5th cycle of chemotherapy….after reading many articles, this seems to be the only way to clear our lymph nodes of the cancer….I do chemo in every three weeks….so far I have flown through without any severe side affects….so am able to function well, with a very positive outlook, friends family support…yes I am tired and drained a bit but go out on my best week which is the third week to friends, family, shopping but not to crowed places….I am being mindful of my surroundings….my body is like a new born without any hair but all will be well and will pass…..I am also taking the advise of naturopaths by making smoothies of cottage cheese & flax seed oil which when mixed does not become dairy anymore, wheatgrass powder my life is great….I feel there is a reason I have been given this task in life….something I need to do, or experience…wishing you so much positive and powerful prayers from loved ones….continued positive outlook Cheryl

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    1. Cheryl (Post author)

      Thank you for sharing Ann and good luck on your journey!

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