Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in 1992 after finding a lump in his armpit. Treated with surgery and radiotherapy. Recurrence treated with chemotherapy and autologous and allogenic stem cell transplants. In remission.
One day while working on board ship for the Navy, he found a lump under his arm while showering. When it was still there a couple of days later he showed it to the ship’s doctor. Once on shore he visited a doctor at the Naval base who organised tests. A biopsy showed that he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma stage 1A. He was immediately grounded from flying and started treatment. The lump was removed surgically followed by radiotherapy to his armpit, chest and neck.
After being in remission for 8 years his disease returned. This time his symptoms were weight loss, tiredness and night sweats as well as visual disorientation when flying. The initial assessment was non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and he was started on chemotherapy for that (CHOP), but subsequently it was reassessed as Hodgkin’s lymphoma and he was changed to a different type of chemotherapy. Unfortunately the disease did not respond so he went on to have an autologous stem cell transplant which put him into remission for about 18 months before relapsing again. This time he was given an allogenic transplant using his sister as donor. He has been in remission ever since.