Hodgkin’s Disease diagnosed in 2004 treated with chemotherapy (ABVD). In remission.
He developed symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis which were treated with methotrexate. After several months he discovered a lump in his armpit which was dismissed by a locum GP as a harmless lipoma. A few months later he discovered a lump in his neck. He happened to meet an uncle who was a retired GP, and showed it to him. The uncle recommended that he see his GP as soon as possible, which he did. The GP referred him to hospital where a specialist did a biopsy that confirmed he had Hodgkin’s disease.
He was given six cycles of intravenous chemotherapy called ABVD. He took a few days off work after each treatment but continued to work for the remainder of the period between sessions. At the end of treatment, scans revealed that some lymphoma remained, so he was given two more cycles of chemotherapy. During his chemotherapy he moved to a new job closer to home which involved shorter working hours.
After this there was some disagreement over whether or not lymph nodes in his armpit remained affected by the cancer and it was suggested that he should have high dose chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant involving a prolonged stay in a hospital far away from where he lived. Eventually a PET scan proved that he was actually in remission, so the treatment plans were abandoned, much to his relief.