Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Besides, it fits with my visit to a very warm and kind oncologist today. Not that my diagnosis is any better than it was. Marginal zone lymphoma is an indolent, slow growing lymphoma that tends to creep along. Hence, chemotherapy may only keep it from transforming to the more aggressive kind. Interestingly enough, the more aggressive kind, if that is what one gets "de novo," responds well to chemo because it is faster growing and chemo attacks fast growing cells. Not so if the indolent transforms to the aggressive. So why am I relieved? Because I feel confidant in my care team. I have also decided that I will respond to this treatment and be back on my bicycle by July, 2017. Treatment starts in two weeks. Six cycles at 4 week intervals. No alopecia (hair loss) but maybe some fatigue and nausea and other GI symptoms that we will not discuss. Sigh. The usual neutropenia, anemia, thrombocytopenia, which will place me at risk for infection and bruising. No contact sports so I guess my roller derby career is finished. Life is a balance.