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  • Forum Post: Re: not responding well to abvd

    ABVD did give me the usual ill-effects (weakness, fatigue, loss of taste / appetite, sore mouth, hair loss, wrinkling and darkening of skin and nails etc) but the 'B' (Bleomycin) so badly scarred my lungs after the 4th dose that breathing became painful and laboured even after a short walk. My...
  • Forum Post: Re: results after 6 months of abvd

    Great. I have walked down this path and also underwent autologous blood stem cell rescue. Latest scan 2 weeks ago showed no evidence of disease and in order to avoid radiation exposure, my doc says that in future only routine physical exams, blood tests and maybe ad odd MRI will do. Off for a well-deserved...
  • Forum Post: Re: Stem cell rescue done

    Hi Stacey The bone marrow aspiration was done right in the beginning (Jan 2010) along with the biopsy of a malignant node tissue that was extracted from the abdomen. Tests showed bone marrow was free from disease (they use the term 'uninvolved') but the sample lymph node tissue showed HL....
  • Forum Post: Re: NOT ANOTHER RELAPSE?

    Hi Martin I am shocked, but I hope it is only one of nature's pranks! I am hot on your tail. I was given a 6-week break after the last scan (23 Nov - all clear), then on the 4th and 5th of Dec, two sessions of stem cell harvesting yielded a total of 70% of the required amount. I am now resting...
  • Forum Post: Re: my sister

    Hi I hope the results are out and the doctors are taking good care of Chantelle. Hodgkin's Lymphoma is among the most easily treatable although one has to be patient. I have come down this 13-month journey to the last lap, my high dose chemo + stem cell rescue treatment is due next week. All going...
  • Forum Post: In remission

    Hi The PET/CT scan of 23 Nov was clean and the docs have cautiously declared me to be in remission. They also bombarded me with statistical data and convinced me that the high dose chemotherapy and blood stem cell transplant is worth going for despite the risks and costs! Presently off all medication...
  • Forum Post: Re: not responding well to abvd

    Hi For what its worth, in my case (Stage 4-B), the disease still exists after 12 doses (6 cycles) of ABVD, and I have just finished 3 cycles of MINE salvage chemotherapy. A PET-CT scan scheduled for end Nov should hopefully give me an all-clear. Still, doctors are strongly recommending that I follow...
  • Forum Post: Re: Relapse in Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    Hi Rather than wait, I would advise you to get a scan, if I am not wrong, blood tests can sometimes fail to detect a relapse. I was diagnosed with HL in Jan and after 12 doses of ABVD failed to clear the disease in Aug, I am now due for my 3rd and final cycle of MINE salvage regimen next week,...