Didn't know where to put this but chit chat and light hearted banter didn't seem like a good fit.
Wife just diagnosed with lymphoma. Very, very early with some symptoms of anemia that didn't yield to the standard treatments.(no tumors yet and will get bone marrow test this Friday. Apparently this is highly treatable.
I know this is the beginning of another not so pleasant journey though, and would like to have a comparable group of people to go to for help.
I don't know about a forum such as this for lymphoma, although I am sure there must be one. I have a friend with CLL and I moniter that list for him. However, I have received fabulous help and information from the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society...including funds to help him travel for treatment. www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/hm_lls
Also, depending upon where you live, their local offices offer a wide range of information, support, and help.
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
Thank you Sara Anne. We are fortunate in being in a big city, Chicago, with a wealth of medical talent (I do my followup at U of Chicago Hospital.
I also keep the lessons learned here at the front of my mind. We are currently using a hematologist from the Kellog Cancer center which is also affiliated with the U of Chicago.
This all started with a routine annual physical that detected low iron which led to iron supplements which were unsuccessful which then led to upper and lower GI which did find some bleeding which led to a bunch of drugs to resolve that issue. somewhere in here was a CT Scan too. Still didn't resolve the low iron so she swallowed a camera (no not my good Nikon ). This didn't find anything either so they sent her to this hemotologist for iron infustions which the original GP had also mentioned. The hemotologist started running additional blood work which led us to this point. Total elapsed time about 4 months. Anemia was minor but not normal and was unexplained. Although not critical or chronic, they went hunting for it aggresively and didn't hesitate to escalate.
I think this is the way it is supposed to work, isn't it?