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carolp99
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Saw my oncologist yesterday and while my PET scan showed no cancer in my vital organs, found hot spots on my right hip. I have been having pain but thought it was from the two biospies I had earlier. He wants me to meet with drs. at the James Center at OSU about an auto cell transplant. As I stated earlier I have researched this throughly on the web,and I don't believe this is the route for me. I've read that it takes about a year to fully recover and the there is no guarantee that the cancer will not return. At my age, 65, I think tha I prefer quality of life. I'm hoping that there may be other options for me. I have such a great support group with family and friends I still am able to maintain a positive outlook. I have my appt. on Nov. 6th and will keep everyone posted.
Carol

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allmost60
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Hi Carol,
All we can do is what we feel is best for ourselves. I too have asked myself if I am faced with ever having to do a transplant, do I really want to do it? I've done alot of research and feel similar as you when it comes to quality of life as to quantity. I talked to my Onc about it and he said we would cross that bridge when we came to it, but felt there would be a few options before considering that route. I'll keep you in my prayers, and wait to hear how your appointment goes on the 6th. Best wishes...Sue
(FNHL-2-3A-6/10)

carolp99
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Thank you Sue

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onlytoday
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Carol,

I agree with Sue, we have to watch out for ourselves. I have my follow up appt on the 6th. So we need to compare notes after our respective appointments! Good luck to you! Will pray for you.

Hugs,
Donna

carolp99
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Thank you Donna

carolp99
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Thank you Donna

miss maggie
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Dear Carol,

I do understand the agony you are going through. I am happy your Pet scan showed no activity in your vital organs. Is it possible to take a biopsy from your right hip??
The doctor said "hot spots". What does that mean?? Did he say cancer?? Is it possible it's just arthritis??? I think a regular xray is in order. I believe, I think an xray would show arthritis, if it is arthritis. Not sure if this is a stupid question. But, this is what comes to my mind.

Yes, please keep us posted. Maggie

po18guy
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Your question is also my question. PETs show only hyper-metabolic activity - some of which might be cancerous. Has there been a CT done to confirm a mass in the hip? PETs also show lymph nodes that are reactive - even if only to infection. An inflammatory condition such as arthritis can certainly also show a hot spot. Not knowing anything else, I would definitely seek a second opinion, as something is missing in this puzzle, like a biopsy, for example. An SCT has a known and measurable rate of mortality, and it is clearly best to avoid this risk if you can. I think there is also an unfortunate a tendency by some doctors to default to SCTs, which may be like nuking a brush fire. Second opinion time.

carolp99
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Hi Miss Maggie,

I've have had 2 PET scans and 2 bone marrow biopsies. I think he ruled out arthritis in the first PET scan. They call it atypical lymphoid inflitrate with marked crush artifact w/involvement b cell lymphoma.
When I meet with the specialists on Tuesday I have a list of questions for them.
Will update after my visit
Carol

miss maggie
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Dear Carol,

I see you are seeing the specialists on Tuesday. I am not a doctor, please understand that.
I would still ask about getting a xray to check for arthritis. I didn't know Pet Scans were used to dx arthritis. You have nothing to lose by asking.

Please let us know what the doctor's say. The best on Tuesday. Love Maggie

fullyloved
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I too am possibly facing an auto stem cell transplant, and I too am thinking that I prefer quality over quantity. But the decision is a tough one. I am putting it to prayer for now.

I was glad to hear of someone else who wonders if it's worth it.

carolp99
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Yes, when you have gone through intense chemo you just want it over. As I stated earlier I am 65 and unless they can give me a positive outcome I'll look at any other alternatives they may offer.
Good luck and best wishes to you.
Carol

misujlh
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Joined: Oct 2012

HI
I am new at this I have been reading this site for a while now and posted the other day (CLL and follicular and clueless) but nobody responded. That’s ok but when I see you mentioned OSU I had to reply I live in Ashland Ohio and I have Lymphoma and cl leukemia. I did not know about OSU. I keep thinking if I go out of remission I would get second opinion and on the leukemia site I seen just today Dr. John Byrd at Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital is one of the top CLL researchers anywhere. Just needed to Thank you being as this is a lot closer than PA cancer treatment center of America. I hope all is well with you!
I feel better knowing I learned something new that makes dealing with this easier

carolp99
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The James Cancer Center has a great reputation.
Good luck to you!
Carol

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