by JOE2010 on Sat Sep 11, 2010 01:33 AM
I was diagnosed with MCL stage 4 in March of this year, it presented itself throughout my lymph system but mainly in my abdominal region, suffered a G.I. bleed in doctors office during marrow biopsy and was rushed to hospital and recived 15 units of blood and a regimen of R-chop chemo was started immed. my last cycles of R-chop was in June. In Aug i went for a petscan / ctscan which revealed a relapse, scheduled stem cell consult and immed start of R.I.C.E chem that started Sept 7 th my transplant doctor said i can only recieved donor transplant due to involvement in my marrow also. I just completed the first round of R.I.C.E and had an endoscopy this morning to see the progress of the cancer in my stomach area. results revealed several areas of additional involvement including the original site of bleeding. they took biopsies while there to have a positive diagnosis once they do they will tell me the next course of treatment.
has anyone had simular involvement and can tell how there treatment went...........Thank You
by Metalwarrior on Sat Sep 11, 2010 04:31 PM
Well, this disease is refractive to chemo and adapts quite soon to traditional treatments. My dad got 8 rounds of maxi-chop and 4 rounds of RICE. These treatments gave him PR, but after that nothing helped.
Your disease seems to be aggressive too. I would consider treatments like Zevalin/Bexxar, Claridibine, Velcade and Revlimid. FCM-R and DHAP are good stuff too, but those are rough and your overall condition affects to things.
I wish you luck. Attitude means a lot fighting this devil.
by JOE2010 on Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:33 PM
I am afraid I am giving up hope , my support at home is nearly non existant
thank you for your response
by Metalwarrior on Sun Sep 12, 2010 08:01 AM
On syys 11, 2010 11:33 JOE2010 wrote: I am afraid I am giving up hope , my support at home is nearly non existant
thank you for your response
On syys 11, 2010 11:33 JOE2010 wrote:
Don't give up. Every patient is different and you have still lots of weapons to use. How large is your tumor burden? Before my dad got his first RICE, he had 22cm tumor in abdomen. MCL responded at first and tumor shrunk to 6cm. After that MCL kept growing and didn't respond any chemo at any way.
New meds like Torisel are worth to try. Some benefit Thalidomide too. I hope your docs know what they're doing. These are difficult decisions.
Try to find people who really are ready to give all support you need.
I keep you in my prayers.
by northpole810 on Sun Sep 12, 2010 09:54 PM
I don't have any useful info for you - I too have mantle cell lymphoma but mine is ONLY in my bone marrow and I am doing watch and wait HOWEVER, there is a group of mantle cell patients on the ACOR.ORG site, approx 400 of us, and someone there would probably have lots of answers for you if you want to go there and sign up and join us there. It is the most helpful site I have found in the three years since I was diagnosed. Any questions, just ask
by JOE2010 on Mon Sep 13, 2010 04:29 AM
thanks , I will check it out, it is good to hear of your good 3 yr span
by northpole810 on Mon Sep 13, 2010 01:04 PM
there are lots of good stories (and some sad ones) on the acor site. One person was diagnosed in 1997 and is still with us. Now doesn't that just give you tons of hope. Hope to see you over there.
by JOE2010 on Mon Sep 13, 2010 03:09 PM
Hope is what I need NP, as soon as my better half signs me up I will see you there
by northpole810 on Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:00 PM
Great Joe, I think you will be surprised with all the support and good news we have over there.
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