Morgan Doran

First post: Nov 1, 2020 Latest post: Apr 22, 2021
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The Back Story:

In May of 2020, Morgan had some upper chest pain, which was diagnosed as acid reflux. He got some Tums, and the pain subsided.

In late July 2020, Morgan's left arm was swollen and he began to lose grip strength in his left hand. After a couple weeks when it did not get better, he went to our primary care doctor who ordered an ultrasound. The ultrasound (in September) showed reduced blood flow in the vein leading from the arm back to the heart. Our doctor then ordered a CT scan.

The CT scan took place on October 12. The results showed a 6-centimeter mass in the center of Morgan's chest, near the thymus gland. A biopsy was ordered.

The biopsy took place on October 26. On October 29 we received the results that the tumor was identified as a lymphoma.

On October 30, we visited the hematologist (a specialist in disorders of the blood, like lymphoma and leukemia). He identified Morgan's cancer as a Primary Mediastinal large B cell lymphoma, which is a sub type of Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma (DLBCL). DLBCL is the most common form of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in the US.

Right now the proposed course of treatment is 6 months of chemotherapy, no radiation. There is a very good chance of cure for this type of lymphoma.  Pending a few more tests to confirm the diagnosis and the course of treatment, we expect to begin our 6 months of hell in early November.

We will be posting updates as we move through some additional testing and begin treatments.

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