Ashley Medeiros A Cancer Journey

First post: Mar 16, 2019 Latest post: Sep 13, 2022

Dear Friends,

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Thank you for sharing this experience with us. Ashley was originally diagnosed in December 2016. It was discovered that she had anemia, further investigation brought an initial diagnosis of Classical Hodgkin's Lymphoma stage IV.  Ashley received 7 months of ABVD chemo and luckily was in remission. 

The remission lasted for 12 months and the next twelve months we have been tracking the return of the disease with various medical tests. 

In January 2019, a surgical biopsy confirmed the cancer has relapsed. Ashley had no choice but to take a leave of absence from George Mason University and begin more intense treatment.  She is currently going through a Second Line Systematic Therapy called ICE (ifosfamide, carboplatin and etopside). This is an inpatient salvage chemo that requires hospitalization for 5 days per treatment.  She has had two so far Jan 18-22 & Feb 8-13, and has proved to be very harsh and has left Ash extremely nauseous and very fatigued.

We are currently waiting to take a PET scan to determine status of the disease. 

After the chemo is completed she will be admitted to Johns Hopkins for a bone marrow transplant. She has a transplant team of doctors currently focusing on which transplant is the best fit: stem cell rescue or donor bone marrow transplant.

Thank you for sharing this course with our family at this most difficult time. Please feel free to leave well wishes and inspiring quotes for continued inspiration.

Thank you 
Arlene (Ashley's Mother)

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