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ksblack
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Just wondering what to expect. My husband has a large mass on the left side of his neck and the Dr thinks he has Hodskin or Thyroid cancer. He goes in Fri for a CT scan. What is next? Just really worried he is 43 and we have 3 kids. Any info would be great.

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dixiegirl
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Waiting for any tests has got to be the hardest part of cancer. Hopefully his test will come back with good news.

Try not to worry too much honey. I know it's impossible to shut off, but just a moment at a time and put one foot in front of the other. Any time we deal with tests we deal with waiting, seems like hurry up and wait some more.

Take care, come here, vent.

Take care,
Beth

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JoanieP
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Hodkins Lymphoma is curable and thyroid cancer is the easiest cancer to cure!!! I hope it is all o.k. The worry is so difficult. I called on God's strength. I did not have the strength . Blessing to you and your husband Joanie

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JoanieP
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Hodkins Lymphoma is curable and thyroid cancer is the easiest cancer to cure!!! I hope it is all o.k. The worry is so difficult. I called on God's strength. I did not have the strength . Blessings to you and your husband Joanie

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JoanieP
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This is the greatest bunch of people in the world. We will all listen to you and help you.

ksblack
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Thanks so much. I don't think I will be able to sleep until we know. He goes in Friday morning for the CT scan so I am sure it will be next week before we get results and you are right the waiting is the hardest part. I know he is scared and I just don't know what to say to him right now. My mother in law is an oncology nurse and she has me scared to death right now. I am trying to think positive thoughts but so many things are going through my mind right now.

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allmost60
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Hi,
The waiting is the absolute hardest part. I'd like to say to just stay calm, but I know in my heart that is really impossible to do right now. So...just keep coming back here to get yourself shored up. We have all gone through this terrifying part of the waiting, so we understand completely how you are feeling. I did not find this group until a month after I was diagnosed and I was a mess...a total mess until I finally met up with people here that helped me through the waiting period. My advice is to talk to anybody that will listen to you. Don't bottle up your emotions. Another piece of advice is not to go web browsing trying to find answers before you get a firm diagnosis. You will go crazy sorting through all of the information thats out there,and so much of it is outdated. Just tell your husband how much you love him and assure him you will both get through this together. I will keep you both in my prayers and be here for you.
Love...Sue
(FNHL-2-3A-6/10)=
Follicular Non Hodgkins Lymphoma-Grade2-stage3-typeA-date of diagnosis-6/10

ksblack
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We got the call today and my husband has Hodgkins. I was really releived because it is curable. He goes for a Pet Scan Sat, Bone Marrow biopsy, Echo, and lung test and is suppose to start Chemo next Wed. The Dr said he should be able to work while taking the meds and Chemo. Have any of you worked while taking treatment? I have faith that God will see us through this and he will be fine if I can get him to have a positive attitude. He seems depressed right now and really grouchy. LOL I seem to be the target. Thanks for all of your advise. Susan

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tcvine
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Hi Susan.
Sorry to hear about the diagnosis for your husband. The good news is that it is often curable. The bad news is that it is cancer. I say that because your husband is likely still trying to deal with the "cancer" part and has not yet come to focus on the "cure" part.
Let's face it, having cancer of any kind is not what we husbands do best. I really hope that he can get past the lashing out phase quickly because I know that his best friend through all of this will be you. I'm sure that he knows that as well, but he may still be in shock.
As far as working during treatment, there are so many variables. It will depend on what that treatment is and how his body reacts to it as well as what kind of work he does. I started on R-CHOP last August. R-CHOP is supposedly one of the stronger of the chemos. For me, after the first few days, I could easily have gone back to work. As is happens, I am retired and I had an office type job, so it turns out to be easy for me. But I could have gone back to work. And now that I'm through my 4th infusion, I still feel the same way. They really have done a remarkable job in keeping the chemo sickness at a minimum.
You both have so much to deal with, please try to get him to this blog. I read it for several weeks before I actually joined - and these folks have really helped me.
You are not alone.
Our very best wishes,
Tom (DLBCL-4-7/10)

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allmost60
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Hi,
At least the waiting is over and it appears your husbands doctor is on the ball and moving quickly to get his treatment started. The coming weeks will be hectic, but look at it as the road to recovery and cure weeks! I've been retired for the last 8 years, but with the kind of work I was doing I probably could not have worked while going through treatment. I did a very physical job that required alot of heavy lifting, driving a fork lift, ordering school supplies from various vendors where keeping track of inventory and dollars spent was very important. The multi-tasking and amount of "focus" required would have been impossible to keep up with, not to mention working with three men and being the only woman ever hired to work in this area. I had worked 33 years at the time I retired, so in my opinion it was time to quit. I will keep good positive thoughts that all goes well for you and your husband, and please keep us up-dated...we are here to help.
Take care....Sue(age 60) (FNHL-2-3A-6/10)
Follicular Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma-Grade2-Stage3-TypeA-Diagnosed June/10. Chemo tx is R-CVP 3 rounds of 6 completed. 4th round coming up on Tuesday-11/2.

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dixiegirl
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The good news is it's treatable. I worked through my first 3 treatments. I have a 45 minute commute each way to work and it got to the point I about fell asleep at stop lights. That's when I knew I needed to stay home for the rest. Trying to do my job wouldn't have worked either Sue. Not physical anymore, but mental. I have to be on my toes and the mental fog and chemo brain would have crippled me. LOL

I don't know why, but the fatigue seemed to be so much worse than a lot of you talk about...I can't help but wonder if the Fibromyalgia just made it worse.

Have a good evening!
Beth

LPL/Malt/Follicular stage 3 4/7/2006

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cathyp
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By now I'm sure you have read, we all respond differently to treatment. I was able to work through my ABVD treatments. I commuted 1 hr each way and held a management job in an Aerospace firm. My daughter was 9 mos old when I started chemo.
Hang in there, before you know it, your husband's treaments will be over.
Cathy
HD 1989 - RADS
HD 1994 - ABVD
IDC,BC - DMX

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webozo
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not to rain on your day but my daughter could not work while in treatment she had problems sleeping so she slept when she could and she got pretty sick at times. she is she is alittle more the two months out of treatments she is just now starting to feel that she could work and her dr. says she must wait till after the first of the year before he will clear her. everyone is different any she had a few problem before her hodgkins. he probably is depressed one of the thing hodgkins dose is mess with your hormones and emotions, like a double wammy you got cancer and yea you are depressed about that and then you have hormone inbalance on top of that. my daughter would call me and just cry she didn't know why she just cried.

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