Lymphoma Stage 4b Cancer Victim

• Diagnosed 14th Feb 2014 Hodgkins Lymphoma stage 4
• Biopsy to right neck Feb 2014
• Bone marrow & Lumbar punch March 2014
• P.E.T. Scan March 2014 (P.E.T. Number 1)
• Chemotherapy ABVD Commenced 13th March 2014 Ended 14th August 2014
• P.E.T. Scan April 2014 (P.E.T. Number 2)
• Declared Chemotherapy Steroid induced Diabetes Type 2 May 2014
• June 2014 Bleomycin (The B from ABVD) attacked my right lung
• P.E.T. Scan Oct 2014 (P.E.T. Number 3)
• Radiotherapy @ 40gml Grey to right side neck Nov 2014 to Dec 2014
• Given 6 weeks to live following Radiotherapy Dec 2014
• Ultrasound Fine needle aspiration March 2015
• P.E.T. Scan May 2015 (P.E.T. Number 4)
• Tonsillectomy & Biopsies to throat July 2015
• P.E.T. Scan Oct 2015 (P.E.T. Number 5)
• Oct 2015 Partial Remission (Cancer cells present but not active)
• Diabetes Type 2 Cleared
• Full Remission Feb 2016  
• P.E.T. Scan May 2016 (P.E.T. Number 6)
• Biopsies to throat & base of tongue July 2016 
• P.E.T. Scan Oct 2016 (P.E.T. Number 7)
• Suspected Kidney failure Nov 2017 & new Lymphoma site to middle spine
• Biopsy to lower spine Lymph Nodes Feb 2017
• P.E.T. Scan March 2017 (P.E.T. Number 8)
• Declared relapse both HLD & NHL urgent  rescue procedures required
• ICE Chemotherapy April to May 2017 
• P.E.T. Scan May 2017 (P.E.T. Number 9)
• Stem Cell Harvest June 2017
• BEAM Chemotherapy July 2017
• Stem Cell Transplant July 2017
• P.E.T. Scan Oct 2017 (P.E.T. Number 10) First Clear scan
• Partial remission Nov 2017 (No cancer cells but recovery)
• Multiple test and scans including bone density Jan 2018 to March 2018
• Full Remission March 2018

March 2018 All results are now in * Blood test CLEAR* - *Bone Marrow CLEAR* - * Bone density -Excellent* - Liver CLEAR.             *Diabetes  Normal* 

Countdown- even though there is no visible sign of Lymphoma the team will monitor me for the next 5 years, if no further issues I will be declared cancer free. You might say "5 years" is a long time but since I have been declared terminal twice I can assure you it's great news . However I will never be formally discharged from the hospital, a decisions  reached by the Lymphoma Association that any patient who has received a Stem Cell Transplant should be monitored indefinitely  - So after 5 years I will be attending my Oncologist once a year. Just a little update on this part: I have been told in August 2018 that I will never be fully discharged from the hospital, even after 5 years. They may declare me as formally Cancer clear but they will keep monitoring me, this is because the type of treatment used is so new that the need to keep monitoring how it effects people long term - meetings after 5 years will be down to once a year and I have absolutely no problem with that

The fund campaign needs to stay open, in the past year the costs of care has exceeded €22,000 which I have taken out a bank loan to cover. So far we have raised a little over €6,500 from people who have really helped. No one ever said fighting cancer was cheap...

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This is a summary of treatment that commenced in Feb 2014 and continues 

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