Nov 11, 2020 Latest post:
13 hours ago
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. Please don't call us too much - use this to check on what is happening and ask questions! Thanks for all your support.
Jim has been diagnosed with large B-cell non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. We are traveling back and forth from Las Cruces to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix AZ.
Jim was having issues with fatigue, shortness of breath, heart burn and nausea. After X-rays, CT scans of his lower abdomin and chest, and a heart stress test after a abnormal EKG, they still did not have an answer. Everything looked normal. Our doctor ordered a CT scan to look at the one area that hadn’t been looked at, his organs from the lower ribs to the belly button. This is where they found a tumor the size of an orange on top of his kidney.
Initial thought was it was either a kidney or adrenal cancer, both of which, given the size of the tumor, have a 5 year survival rate of 20 - 30 percent. The biopsy found this agressive fast growing Lymphoma instead.
the cancer is a stage 4 canver. 5 year Survival rates for this cancer are 40-50%. Chemotherapy works very well on this kind of cancer and no surgery should be necessary.
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