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2/23/2016 Latest post:
We have set up this CaringBridge site to provide an update on Bud's progress and to share this journey with family and friends. This journey began last October when the doctor called following a routine colonoscopy with the news that Bud's biopsy had revealed, not colon cancer, but mantle cell lymphoma. We were in shock as he had experienced no symptoms and in fact was feeling very well! After seeing his primary care doctor, then the oncologist, and then completing a myriad of medical tests, we had to face the reality. Bud immediately began chemotherapy treatment that spanned ten weeks ending in late January. He tolerated this treatment exceptionally well except for fatigue and some minor complaints, and we were able to continue with a fairly normal living schedule. As we shared the news with family and friends, we were repeatedly encouraged to seek a second opinion at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Bud chose to follow these recommendations and the week before Christmas we traveled to Houston where Dr. Michael Wang, a global expert in Mantle Cell Lymphoma, examined Bud. He immediately recommended following the chemo treatment with a stem cell transplant, and referred Bud to Dr. Richard Champlin, Department Chair at the Stem Cell Transplant Center. The challenge with Mantle Cell Lymphoma is a very high relapse rate - within one to three years - with more difficult treatment being required with each relapse. Always leaning forward, Bud made the decision to schedule the stem cell transplant in Houston beginning on February 22, 2016. Although this is a difficult challenge, the treatment offers 80% probability for complete remission. We sincerely appreciate all the love, support and prayers that are encouraging us along the way!