Sep 25, 2010 - 12:14 pm
I am a 60 year old man who recently was diagnosed with CLL. It was found thru routine bloodwork preceding a physical exam.
I have an oncologist (something I did not think I would have 2 weeks ago) and she has staged it as Stage II with some symptoms (enlarged nodes and spleen, weight loss, fatigue).
She wants to treat it and I am to have bone marrow drawn on 10/7 to look for one specific thing which will tell her the drugs to use in the chemo.
I am planning to participate in a clinical trial. Any thoughts on the pros and cons of this?
The first I heard of my condition was on 9/15. It was confirmed by more bloodwork within days, and I have been busy ever since getting some plans made and some info out to family and friends so they could hear it from me and not thru the grapevine (which would be kind of a slap in the face for those close to you.
I'll be reading what is going on in you folks' lives and probably will have some questions.
Thanks in advance for the support. I am not crushed by the news, by the way, as I have been encouraged that CLL is very manageable. I am sure it is going to be a major trial, however. Several of my immediate family have had serious medical conditions with ongoing complications. I always said if I could take those away and put them onto myself I would. It's hard to watch your children suffer. At least this happened to me and not them!