Welcome to our Caring Bridge website. We are hoping that this site will help us keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support, prayers, and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. ~Love, The Caley's
Our son, Christian Caley, is 18 years old college freshman. On February 5th, 2020 he went in for a tonsillectomy. For almost a year he had been developing frequent infections and a growth on his left tonsil. Due to the size and fragility of the mass on his tonsil, the surgeon decided that it should be biopsied. The following Monday, February 10th, his family received the call that the biopsy results were positive for not one but two types of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. They would learn that Christian has both Follicular and Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma. Follicular lymphoma is a form of cancer most common in patients over 60. Children 18 and under with this form of cancer make up less than 2% of pediatric NH lymphoma cases. Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma is a more common and more aggressive form of cancer in children but the two together are very rare.
Within a week of diagnosis, Christian had a PET scan, bone marrow biopsy, and heart echo. Due to the aggressive nature of this type of cancer, he has begun R CHOP chemotherapy treatments at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes in St. Louis.