Bob Calabro

First post: Oct 23, 2017 Latest post: Mar 18, 2018
After six week, here’s my story…I

o   Collapsed and a had a hospital stay for four days - Sept 3 – Sept 7

o   Confirmed the Bone Marrow test of Mantel Cell Lymphoma - Sept 14

o   Conducted a Pet Scan of the body – mid September

o   Attended numerous doctor’s visits with second opinion confirming treatment - Sept 14 – Oct 16

o   Began today’s journey in the life of chemotherapy with God, family and friends by my side and abroad – Oct 23

 Prognosis seems very promising compared to initial thoughts/diagnosis. This is a very rare form of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  We have decided on a plan of chemotherapy action with Dr. John Mathews at Medical City Dallas.

 Expected response is “complete remission”

 There are no plans for surgery; however I had a double port implanted on Friday, October 20

 Treatment has been approved as outpatient care: 

·         RBAC

o   Rituximab

o   Bendamustine

o   Cytrabine (Ara-c)

§  There are no plans for radiation, but possible Stem Cell Transplant after six months of treatment.

§  Normal monthly treatments will occur over a week; Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 (three days in a row) and Day 5 will consist of a white cell booster – Neulasta.   

§  There will be three weeks off and blood test and doctor visits in between with possible blood transfusions or blood platelets as needed.

§  Treatment will then be repeated for six months.

I appreciate the support from ALL…I’ve learned I’m stronger than I knew, braver than I thought…and more loved than I could imagine.  I feel God by my side along with my family and friends. I currently feel good and want to continue to be positive.  Don’t hesitate to reach out, but please keep all of us in your prayers. 

Love to ALL!

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