Diagnosed with Mantle Cell non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2000 after a tonsillectomy. After initial chemotherapy locally, he was referred to London for high dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplant.
In 2000 he noticed that his tonsils were swollen and looked infected. His GP prescribed antibiotics but the tonsils remained swollen so he was referred to hospital to have his tonsils surgically removed and as a result was told he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was very shocked to be told he had a serious illness. However, after seeing a cancer specialist 24 hours later he was reassured that his disease was very treatable.
He embarked on six sessions of chemotherapy three weeks apart for eighteen weeks. During this time he was told the specific type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma he had was called Mantle Cell, which was unusual in people of his age. This meant that he needed more aggressive treatment and on completion of his initial chemotherapy at his local hospital he was referred to London for high dose chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant. Once again this news came as a shock as he was not expecting to need any further treatment.
He spent three and a half weeks having treatment in hospital in London away from his family and found the mental side of this seclusion harder to cope with than the physical effects of the treatment. He remained off work for 14 months in total while being fully paid by his employer. He is now in remission and has yearly checkups at both the local and London hospitals.