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Dear Diary: The Final Cancer Diagnosis

December 6, 2014

The last 2 weeks have consisted of me having two CT scans, a PET scan, a bone marrow biopsy, a MUGA test (heart test), a pulmonary function test (breathing test) and 10 tubes of blood, I finally have a final diagnosis.

My oncologist has diagnosed me with: stage 3, type 1A Classical Hodgkin's Lymphoma (HL). Staging works by looking at where cancer lives within the body. Stage 3 means that there are active cancerous lymph nodes on both sides of my diaphragm. Before my PET scan, I was diagnosed as stage 2, but after the scan, the Dr. found a small lymph node outside my spleen that was also active. Type 1 means that all my organs are negative for cancer, it is just active in my lymph nodes outside of my organs. Type A means I have no symptoms. My bone marrow biopsy came back negative, meaning that there is no spreading or aggressive cancerous activity in my blood! 

So far, I have been told that this is a good diagnosis, and Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a very curable cancer regardless of the stage. I don't if that is supposed to make me feel better.

My Oncologist and I discussed my treatment, which will include:
  • 6 cycles of ABVD chemotherapy (2 sessions per cycle/month)
  • 6 months approximately of treatment
  • After the chemo is finished, another CT + PET scan is to see if all the active areas are gone/ if I need to consider radiation for anything remaining
I’m feeling really confident about everything. I start my first day of chemo (5 fucking hours of joy) next Tuesday. Wish me luck!


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