I'm a 44 year old new mom (beautiful 11 mo. old healthy boy), who's also newly diagnosed with Hodgkins Stage II with 1 mild B symptom... very slight sweating at night. I'm due to start treatment this next week but I'm having a terrible time deciding which treatment to go with and I'm terrified of the chemotherapy. I live in the Bay Area so I have many choices. A local, highly recommended private practice oncologist recommends 4 cycles (at least) ABVD plus low dose radiation (the "Gold Standard" I've been told). He modifies the Bleomycin in an effort to minimize lung damage. Stanford's Lymphoma Clinic would put me on their Stanford V protocol, 12 weeks followed by low dose radiation. I've heard the regimen is pretty grueling, as you go every week and take a lot of scary oral medications, but I like the idea of less toxicity to my lungs and heart (I have mild asthma). But does it work? The long term studies are not there yet. My head is spinning and I have no idea how to this decision!! Does anyone out there have any thoughts or experience with either?
thanks for listening!