Rochelle Hart

First post: Mar 6, 2022 Latest post: Jul 18, 2022
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We appreciate everyone’s care, concern, and fervent prayers.  Rochelle only very recently has been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma.  This is a rare and very fast growing type of cancer—Rochelle’s main noticeable tumor location is an enlarged lymph node above her right collar bone in the base of the right neck.  This grew from quarter-size to baseball-size in 3 weeks.  She does have stage 4 disease with multiple bone metasteses.  Thanks be to God this is a type of cancer that is treatable.  It is highly sensitive to chemotherapy and there is a 70-90% likelihood of 5-year survival (essentially “cured” in oncology lingo).  

Rochelle began chemo at Columbus Regional Hospital on Feb 21st, only 4 days after the precise diagnosis of the type of cancer was made.  She has had a good, encouraging response so far.  Her bone pain was immediately decreased and the large palpable right neck mass decreased in size each of the first 3 or 4 days.  The tumor size has plateaued now.  There was terrible nausea from the chemo for the first week, but this has decreased quite a lot the last few days.  Rochelle is eating and sleeping better.  Her energy is starting to improve.  Yesterday was her first “feeling good” day.

The chemo will be every 3rd week for 6 cycles (=18 weeks).  Radiation is not expected.  If her response is not what the oncologist hopes, then the next step in treatment would be a bone marrow transplant in Indy.  I believe there will be repeat imaging half-way through the regimen to evaluate response.  

Our care at CRH has been excellent.  Dr Wagner and Dr Matthews have been extremely helpful.  All of the nursing and ancillary care in the oncology and radiology departments have been extremely compassionate.  We could not ask for better care.  

We know that Rochelle’s health is in God’s hands.  We pray that we may trustfully surrender our wills to God’s plan.