I am new to this, so don't know if i am doing this right. My dad was diagnosed with Non hodgkins lymphoma in Oct 1998. He started with Diffuse large B cell that was "big, bad and ugly" as the cancer dr said. He took CHOP and went into remission with it. He had a continual follicular non hodgkins...that he would occassionally have to have zapped with radiation or surgically removed. But today, the bad news....he has the Diffuse large B cell back and it is growing fast. He has to make a decision by Monday on a treatment. He was given the option of R-ICE followed by Stem Cell....but i really don't think he would survive the stem cell. He is 73 and not the picture of health...he is thin and a heavy smoker although he is trying to quit with Chantax. This first option said it had a cure rate of 90%. He was given another option of some type of chemo that started with a gem??? I will have to get the correct drug from my mom. That only had a cure rate of 30%. What should we do? Do they ever give R-ICE without the stem cell...or is R-ICE too rough a treatment. CHOP was really hard on him, but he was in much better shape 12 years ago. Any help or advice would be appreciated.
Thanks so much
Missy - daughter of Phil - DLBNH since 10-1998