I'm a two time NHL survivor over the past 9 years. I had an Autologous Stem cell transplant in Feb. 2009. Everything seems to be going well so far, however I've been diagnosed with Anemia and a very low Hemoglobin. The Oncologist told me the condition didn't appear to be symptomatic of any other condition and all the rest of the Blood chemistry seemed to be normal including WBCs which have suddenly increased after being borderline ever since the transplant, however I didn't know to ask about the types and counts of the WBCs and/or whether there were stem cells circulating in the blood.
I've been very tired suddenly, though there's apparently no indication of any infections, fevers, etc.
Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant patients are at an increased risk of developing Leukemia as a result of the High Dose Radiation and Chemo but, I have no idea of exactly what the various symptoms of Leukemia are, how patients felt, what caused them to seek Medical care, and what kinds of tests are in order, etc.
I hope I'm just being overly cautious, or hypochondriatic about it but, my experience has not been real good with the first diaqnosis for either of the two battles I've had with NHL. The first time a seriously painful and rapidly growing tumor was misdiagnosed as a hernia, the second time it was misdiagnosed as diverticulosis. I'm aware that Anemia and low Hemoglobin are likely side effects of the Transplant, but still, and why now after 7 months?
As I mentioned, I hope I'm wrong, but "Once Burned, Twice Cautious" and I am trying to put together a list of questions for the Oncologist when I see him on the 23rd. I just never considered the possibility of acquiring Leukemia as a side effect of the Transplant procedure until now because I've been busy struggling with the NHL.