New Lymphoma

Posted by melbishop @melbishop, Aug 9 10:08am

I'm new and just had a ct scan where they said I had a few enlarged lymph nodes and now have appointments with Surgery and Oncology…I'm starting to worry when I see all this stuff and don't know what to expect

Hey @melbishop, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I can understand that you're worried. A cancer diagnosis catapults you into unknown territory and on a journey you never thought you'd have to take. It can be helpful to connect with others who have been there to know what you might expect. While everyone is different, other patients can share their experiences and help you prepare.

First, let's start with you. Do you know what type of lymphoma you have? Where were the enlarged lymph nodes discovered?

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@colleenyoung

Hey @melbishop, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I can understand that you're worried. A cancer diagnosis catapults you into unknown territory and on a journey you never thought you'd have to take. It can be helpful to connect with others who have been there to know what you might expect. While everyone is different, other patients can share their experiences and help you prepare.

First, let's start with you. Do you know what type of lymphoma you have? Where were the enlarged lymph nodes discovered?

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I have several enlarged lymph nodes down my aorta on both sides of my diaphragm and in pelvic area. They're doing a biopsy on one of the largest on it on the vena cava area in between my kidneys Monday then I meet with the Denver head of oncology the 31st. I'll know more then. Night sweats and massive chills, pins and needles skin issues have mellowed but I'm getting tired spells. Thanks for listening but I guess I'm still waiting on more information.

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@melbishop

I have several enlarged lymph nodes down my aorta on both sides of my diaphragm and in pelvic area. They're doing a biopsy on one of the largest on it on the vena cava area in between my kidneys Monday then I meet with the Denver head of oncology the 31st. I'll know more then. Night sweats and massive chills, pins and needles skin issues have mellowed but I'm getting tired spells. Thanks for listening but I guess I'm still waiting on more information.

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Well, I'm glad you found this support group early in your journey. Scroll down in this article to find a list of questions you might consider asking at your appointment.
– Lymphoma https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lymphoma/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20352642

While they may not have the same type of lymphoma, I'd like to ask fellow member @sweede536 @1nan @grandpabob @mepowers to join this discussion to share their tips for preparing for your appointment. Mel, do you have any questions you'd like to ask fellow lymphoma survivors?

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@colleenyoung

Well, I'm glad you found this support group early in your journey. Scroll down in this article to find a list of questions you might consider asking at your appointment.
– Lymphoma https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lymphoma/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20352642

While they may not have the same type of lymphoma, I'd like to ask fellow member @sweede536 @1nan @grandpabob @mepowers to join this discussion to share their tips for preparing for your appointment. Mel, do you have any questions you'd like to ask fellow lymphoma survivors?

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Hello Mel. So glad you are comfortable reaching out early in this medical journey. I am a long time survivor of another blood cancer, Multiple Myeloma. That suggests more medical appointments than I could ever guess. Colleen started you on a very important first step, and that is: arm yourself with information. That includes reading, listening to any available presentation, and talking with those with personal experience in any related form. My second suggestion is to always, always have someone with you at appointments who is equipped with a method to take notes and help you cover all those planned questions. I always asked the person with me, in my case my husband and a few times a daughter, to please ask their own questions during the appointment. At the end I always ask them if they have any last minute thoughts or questions. Many times my husband heard something I missed and vice versa. Is there any part of this that I can further clarify?

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Nancy is spot on about bringing someone with you. You can’t possibly absorb everything that is being told to you. If you aren’t a medical professional, there are so many new words that you don’t understand along with the emotional response to what you are being told. Another thing I would recommend is ensuring you have access to your medical portal. It will likely recap appointments and instructions. Also, there are lab results in there to review at your leisure. I wish you well @melbishop.

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Thanks you guys, went in for a biopsy yesterday so I'll know more soon

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@melbishop

Thanks you guys, went in for a biopsy yesterday so I'll know more soon

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Thank you for the update. I hope the procedure went well for you. Sometimes baby steps feel like giant leaps that help us feel a little more control over our circumstances. I wish you peace as you wait out the answer that points to the next turn in your path. We will be here to walk with you as needed and look forward to your next report. Nancy

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