Laura Ciasto | CaringBridge

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Laura Ciasto

First post: Jul 1, 2018 Latest post: Jan 11, 2019
Welcome to Operation Mass Exodus, my adventure with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Here is the Cliff Notes version. In June, I woke up with a massively swollen arm. Based on a chest X-Ray, I was sent to the ER for a CT scan, that confirmed a large 9x4cm mass in my right anterior mediastinum (space in front of my lungs), which I named Billy.  After 8 weeks (4 of them in the hospital) and 3 biopsies, I was diagnosed with Primary Mediastinal B-Cell Lymphoma. It is Stage IIB, meaning Billy has consumed a portion of my chest but has thankfully not spread anywhere else. My current treatment plan is 6 cycles of chemotheraphy that is designed to cure without the need of radiation. Each cycle is 21 days so the initial treatment will be done by the end of November and then the doctors will re-evaluate.

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