Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in 1988 after night sweats and a lump in his neck, treated with radiotherapy. Recurrence treated with chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplant. In remission.
He had regular night sweats and one day woke up with a large lump on his neck the size of half a golf ball. He showed it to his GP who referred him to a consultant who biopsied the lump. He was then put on a 6 week course of radiotherapy to part of his chest and neck.
A year later he had another night sweat and realised that his cancer had returned, and tests confirmed that the disease was now present in his lower as well as upper body. He started on a 6 month course of chemotherapy, during which scans showed that his cancer was not responding so he was switched to a different chemotherapy regimen followed by an autologous stem cell transplant. He has been in remission ever since.
He felt angry when his cancer returned and wondered whether he had been given the best treatment originally. With hindsight he recognises that the chemotherapy caused his personality to change, making him very difficult to be with, which led to the break up of his marriage. The chemotherapy caused him to be infertile and he accepted an offer of sperm storage for later use in artificial insemination if he wanted more children. He later remarried and adopted his second wife’s child but has not fathered any more children and his stored sperm has now been destroyed.