Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in 2002 after finding a lump on her neck. Chemotherapy damaged her lungs but also put her in remission. She has just completed chemotherapy and radiotherapy for a recurrence.
She had ignored a lump on her neck for several months and eventually consulted her GP because it was unsightly when she wore her hair up. The GP arranged for her to have an x-ray on her return from holiday and asked her to visit the surgery after hours to explain the results, which suggested lymphoma. She was refeerred to hospital for scans and a biopsy, which confirmed stage 3A Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
She was started on 6 cycles of ABVD chemotherapy, to which she reacted very strongly and suddenly, her white cell count plummeting, the lump shrinking, and her hair falling out. On several occasions her treatment was delayed because her white cell count was too low or because she had contracted an infection. The chemotherapy damaged her lungs causing her breathlessness, so planned radiotherapy treatment was deferred and she was just given steroids for a further 3 months to treat her lungs, after which a CT scan showed that she was in remission.
A year later she had a couple of hot flushes at night. Her GP did an x-ray but nothing was found. Another year later she felt a swelling in her neck and an x-ray showed that her cancer had returned. She was given 3 months worth of ChlVPP chemotherapy followed by 3 weeks of radiotherapy to her neck and chest. She has just completed treatment and been told to consider herself in remission although she won’t have a scan to confirm this for some months.