My name is Tom, and I'm a 5 year survivor of both Hodgkin's, and non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Five years ago, after suffering a hernia while playing in a street hockey tournament, I went to the hospital for an ultrasound. When I returned home that day, I received a phone call from my doctor, and she told me to get my mom, and get back to her office. Getting a call like that is never a good thing. That was when I was told I have four tumors, 64 centimeters in size all together. One 22 centimeter tumor on my left side, one 22 centimeter tumor on my right side, and two 10 centimeter tumors on my spleen.
I went to have a biopsy done on the tumors, and then saw my oncologist. Dr. Thatai told me we couldn't start my treatment, because there was something off about my pathology report, so she asked me to have another biopsy. The results came back the same way, so we decided to do a surgery on my hernia, after the hernia surgery we took a look at the new pathology report, and what couldn't be was. All four tumors were Hodgkin's, and non Hodgkin's lymphoma, B and T cell Lymphoma. My doctor said she had no idea how to treat the situation, so she contacted a few doctors in Boston, most of them said you can only treat one after the other, but not both at the same time.
My doctor got in touch with Dr. Jeremy Abramson at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Jeremy said there was no treatment plan, but asked me if I was willing to try something risky. I said yes. His plan was to use all of the Lymphoma chemo's at the same time for six cycles, and I said yes. That was 5 years ago, and I'm still surviving, and in remission