Tuesday 25 June… Not so good news

Bit of a set back. I had a bit of a dizzy spell on Saturday, which although it passed did alarm me a bit, and on Sunday I thought I could feel a small lump in my abdomen. I had an appointment for a CT scan yesterday so I gave the Lymphoma Nurse Specialists a call and they suggested I pop in to see them before my CT scan. I did so and provided a blood sample before going off for the scan.

I arrived back in the clinic after the scan and discovered that my blood chemisty is out of spec with a large increase in my lymphocyte count. Interestingly the last test had also shown a slightly elevated count., so the conclusion is that the lymphoma is on the move again. Disappointing after only 4 months, but it is known that the response in relapsed Mantle Cell Lymphoma is not as good as when it is first line treatment.

Anyway, the plan is to give me a monoclonal antibody (rituximab) in conjunction with the ibrutinib. I have had rituximab before in 2004 so I know I can tolerate it. However there is a risk of an adverse reaction, so after a phone call this morning, I am likely to be admitted as an in-patient and given the drug over two days.

Not the best of news as I had plans for various trips away, some of which will ned to be cancelled (no flying), but it is what it is, so I hope we continue Onwards and Upwards and this little setback.

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2 Responses to “Tuesday 25 June… Not so good news”

  1. Angela on 25 Jun 2019 at 16:38 #

    Sorry to read this Peter. Thinking of you and sending positive vibes and lots of good wishes for a positive outcome.

  2. Peter on 25 Jun 2019 at 16:41 #

    Thank you Angela, much appreciated!
    xx