The text that follows are Dr. Zu's words. He was a nice man.
We used my laptop to communicate.
My Guardian Angel Suzanne took me to the appt,
Dr. Zu made me the focus, and conversed with me,
via the laptop. Which was wonderful.
"YOU HAVE FOLLICULAR NON-HODGKINS LYMPHOMA.
YOU HAVE B CELL. THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF LYMPHOCYTES, B AND T CELLS.
YOU HAVE A TYPE THAT'S VERY TREATABLE, BUT MAY NOT BE VERY EASY TO CURE.
YOU WILL NEED A CT SCAN AND BONE MARROW BIOPSY.
THERE ARE 4 STAGES.
YOU ARE STARE 3 OR 4.
THE TEST WILL DETERMINE WHAT STAGE.
YOU WILL NEED
CHEMO WILL BE COMBINATION OF RITUXAN, WHICH IS AN ANTIBODY, IN COMBINATION WITH CHEMOTHERAPY.
IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU ONCE EVERY 3 WEEKS FOR 18 WEEKS.
IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU THRU AN IV.
YOU WILL LOSE YOUR HAIR,
PROBABLY WILL BE A LOT THINNER.
OTHER SIDE EFFECTS ARE NAUSEA.
NAUSEA USUALLY IS ON THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AFTER CHEMO. "
All in all, it was a very good appt.
Dr. Zu made sure that I understood that this cancer is very treatable and not urgent.
Also, at the appt, a nurse drew some blood. She was very good and asked me where the best vien was, I showed her, and she got the vien on the first try.
Monday morning is my CT Scan. I will have to drink some contrast concocktion bf the scan, weird huh?
"Can I get that on the rocks please?" ;-)
Moving on up
5 months ago