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Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma- Watch & Wait Approach

Blood Cancers & Disorders | Last Active: Nov 19 2:58pm | Replies (157)

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I was also having routine testing, an endoscopy because of chronic nausea and weight loss, when a node was found. The biopsy was unremarkable, but the Md insisted to the insurance company that I needed a Pet scan. It showed an egg shaped mass in the small intestine. It was removed with resection of part of the small intestine, and the biopsy showed both indolent follicular and large diffuse lymphoma. So I had surgery. They said I had Stage 1 NHL and recommended chemo, which I did. Now they say I am cured. But I think that if it had only been follicular that they might have suggested the watch and wait. I know it is scary not to have them throw everything they've got at it, but I also hear lots of folks do the more conservative approach. As long as the nodes are shrinking, I would probably watch and wait, too. I hope you contine to do well. gp

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@Ginene05 – Just curious, did you have 3 cycles of RCHOP or 4? The NCCN "guidlines' for stage 1 or 2 NHL is 3 cycles + radiation. But, since your tumor was removed, I assume your didn't have radiation. Im asking because Im in the same boat, having a NHL tumor removed from my large intestine with no metastasis, so nothing to radiate. Ive finished 3 cycles of RCHOP and consider my treatment done. My oncologist says one more cycle is necessary. Ugh!