Please keep John in your thoughts and prayers. His latest CT scan came back and 2 of his lymph nodes are acting up, in his pelvis. This type of cancer really likes to keep showing up. This is his 2nd recurrence of the disease. His regular oncologist (Dr. Swaab.. wonderful wonderful man) wants him to see Dr. Nasta again (she's the Lymphoma specialist at University of Pennsylvania Hospital). They'll decide together the next course of action to take. Most likely more chemo, but a different kind. There is some talk of harvesting John's stem cells to be put back in him at some point. I don't really understand that, but I'm sure I will soon enough.
John was diagnosed in June 2007 with Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma, and started chemo on October 2007 until Feb 2008. He was declared in remission at that point. We discovered at that time that his cancer was at Stage 4, so remisson is a miracle! In October 2008, he had CT scans and PET scans for his 6 month check-up. Spots were discovered on his spleen (2 very small spots that were, indeed, cancer). In January 2009, his spleen was removed. Scans showed no cancer present after the surgery. Last week he had another CT scan done because they want to keep a closer eye on this (3 month scans instead of the usual 6 month scans). Again, cancer starting to reel it's ugly head.
John has kept his fighting spirit and wants this taken care of pronto! I'm glad he's not giving up the fight. This one tough old bird, I tell you!