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I've had enlarged tonsils for 3 weeks. Had a course of Penicillin, but no luck so probably a viral infection. Is this common for NHL or just a normal infection? I'm seeing the GP again tomorrow for results of blood test.
(I've got Mantle Cell NHL, no chemo yet, in Watch and Wait)
Hi After chemo its not unusual to struggle to clear infections and bugs, as we have a compromised immune system. As you have not had chemo then only a doctor can get to the bottom of your problem.
hope you get sorted soon.
we all know this is a roller coaster ride, where we ride blind, never knowing where the highs and lows are
Thanks for your reply. It sets my mind more at ease that it is not directly related to my condition.
After 3 months I still have what the doctor has now diagnosed as hypertrophied tonsils and adenoids. I've had all the scans (MRI, CT, PET), and a tonsil biopsy and it shows that the Mantle Cell Lymphoma is becoming active and I need chemo, so I start on wednesday:
Cycle1: maxiCHOP – no rituximabCycle2: R + High Dose CytarabineCycle3: R + maxiCHOPCycle4: R + High Dose CytarabineCycle5: R + maxiCHOPCycle6: R + High Dose Cytarabine + additional Rituximab Day9.
Then I'll have the Autologous Stem-Cell and aggressive chemo.
Hi sorry to hear that they have decided that you need to start chemo, this sounds like the nordic regime you are following, which is the standard approach in this country. Remember we all react differently to chemo so take it a day at a time and if you are not sure about something speak to your specialist nurse or consultant, often it sounds scary because you are now dealing with the unknown but for many it is not too bad. Also keep a diary of how you feel so that you can keep your medical team briefed on how you are coping as there is lots they can do to help if you do suffer with side effects.
Good luck john
Thanks for the diary tip, john.
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