I hope someone can help me. I started having back and abdominal pains over the 4Th July weekend and after a CT scan in August discovered an 8x10cm mass in my lower abdomen and my left lung almost filled with fluid. Unable to breathe I went to a Lung specialist who after doing a Thorax Xray removed 2 liters of fluid from my lung. A specimen of this fluid was sent to the lab for analysis and they diagnosed NHL. Upon returning to the Lung specialist for control they found enlarged nodes in my neck and recommended surgical biopsy of one of the nodes and lab anlysis confirmed NHL Follicular.
I was then referred to the Oncologist who said Chemo was my only treatment option and hopefully that should solve both the enlarged lymph nodes and the fluid accumulation in the lung . I have now completed my 3rd cycle of VCP and my 4th will be Monday over a week. However the fluid continues to accumulate in the lung and have had to drain it 8 times (always around 2 liters) and on closer monitoring it seems to accumulate at the rate of 2liters a week.
The enlarged nodes in my neck have disappeared so the chemo seems to be working on that. The onc says he will continue chemo until he is satisfied the mass in the lower abdomen is gone.
This week I have had black stools for the past 4 days and am wondering if this is a result of the chemo or a new complication.
I have searched the net for my symptoms but have not found anyone who has had that amount of fluid in the lungs.