10/21/2016 Latest post:
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I've been diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma, a non hodgkin's type of lymphoma. Jack has now had 3 rounds of R-CHOP chemo. In mid January, he is to have scans to see if the chemo is working. If that looks good, he will then do his next 3 rounds, again 3 weeks apart, of high does R-Cytarabine. These 3 rounds will require hospitalization for a few days each time. At the end of those rounds, Jack's stem cells will be harvested, he will have 4-6 weeks to recover, then he will be hospitalized to get BEAM chemo and a stem cell (bone marrow) transplant, with his own stem cells (autologous). He will be hospitalized about a week, then confined to home and going back to the U of MN daily for some time. It can take anywhere from 1-4 months for his stem cells to graft, typical is 100 days, which time he will spend mostly at home and as far away from germs as possible; until grafting, he will have no ability to fight off infection. That's the story and I'm sticking to it.