Sep 21, 2013 - 10:10 am
My husband is 74 yrs old and previous to the diagnosis of DLCBL he was in good shape. He has had 5 R-chop treatments but has ended up in hospital 3 times with temps. He received neupogen shots after the 2nd chemo. Now after #5 he developed pneumonia that was initially thought to be PCP but then after a bronchosope that was ruled out. He was on oxygen for a few days and then discharged with the same antibiotic he was on when he was admitted. Lexophloxacin. He is improving but still is very tired. After one week of discharge they have him scheduled for his last chemo. He had responded very well to r-chop when they scanned him after the 3rd chemo with impressive results. Our greatest fear is that they would delay chemo. As of now chemo is only delayed 1 week. The doctor upon discharge said the x-ray of his lungs had not changed but that it was only inflammation left from the infection and the infection seemed to be gone. I know that pneumonia can kill but the cancer left untreated is 100% deadly. Just looking for some support and want to know whether any of you have gone through this. They actually sent him home 3 times from emergency when he had fever as his blood work, chest x-ray all came back negative. Guess the infection was just low grade under the radar.