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 08/01/2017 08:40 AM
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Eff Cancer Howard. You'll beat that shit.


 08/01/2017 09:01 AM
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Dang, Howard, what a bummer.  But you are are a fighter and sounds like you are getting good treatment.  Thoughts and prayers are with you!!!


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 08/04/2017 10:32 AM
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Ding I'm sorry to hear that you are going though with all this Cancer crap. You seem pretty happy with the VA I will be checking out some of the VA health facilities when we get closer to making our move to the other side of FL.  Sending positive vibes your way. 


 08/05/2017 05:28 AM
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Bone Marrow Biopsy: Lots of worry over nothing, , , , , LOL!

Went to the Lake Nona VA bright-and-early Wednesday morning, 8/2/17. Hit the labs to have 5 vials of blood drawn. Went upstairs and checked in.

Mr. Dingpatch? Yes, here. The nurse takes me back to the "procedure" room and we have some small talk while she takes my vitals. Then the "Bone Marrow" PA comes in with a Resident in tow. The Resident introduces herself and asks if she can watch. Sure, join the crowd. More small talk until the lab tech comes in. OK? Ready to go.

Take off your belt and undo your zipper and such. Lay down here on your stomach, Get comfortable. Poke, push, prod on my left hip, , , ,. OK, here's the good place, as the PA explains everything to the Resident. OK. She circles the spot with marker. Swab, clean, swab, clean. OK, your going to feel a bunch of pricks as I give you the local. Not bad at all, and she was putting it as deep as she could around the spot the auger/needle was going to go. Not a "needle" and syringe, but a T-handled tool thingy that looks very similar to a t-handled allen wrench. OK, her we go. OK, me, I can't feel anything. Then, "I'm on the bone, here we go, you'll feel a lot of "pressure"". Push, twist, push, twist. Hmmmmm, , , , pretty unsettling knowing what she's doing. Lots of pressure, maybe a twinge or 2 of phantom pain. I'm ready, at any moment, for "The Big Pain", but it never came. "OK, I'm in and here's the first sample. Going to get some more and take a snip of bone." The lab tech is there checking the samples for quantity and quality. OK, the lab tech is "good to go" and she leaves with a little cold pack of me.

The Resident thanks me for letting her watch. Sure, any time. The Nurse and the PA get me all bandaged up and let me sit up on the side of the bed/table. Not too fast, we have a lot of people take-a-dive if they get on their feet too soon. Well, ya, it is somewhat stressful and you are on an unpleasant "natural high" when it's done. A life-long friend had driven me and I felt so very relieved on the way home!

Test results will take "a week or so".

So, since I found out last Thursday, 7/27/17, about having to have the bone marrow thingy, it has occupied 98% of my brain pan. Dr. George had told me that it would be "smooth as silk", being that her PA did bone marrow biopsies "all-day-long" every Wednesday. But, I chose to remain very apprehensive. Ended up that I was over-stressed for no good reason. Piece of cake! But, the last one 5 years ago was, as I thought at the time, "rough". It took the oncologist 3 times to get into the bone! I was laying on my side and he was pretty much pushing me off the table. He had his nurse get on the other side of the table and push my hip towards him! Afterwards, he asked me if anybody had ever told me that I have very hard bones? No, but you just did!

Oh, and the next afternoon I took a shower and then began changing the bandaging. I pull and tug at it all and I'm looking in the mirror to see what to get with my fingernails, and I see a "sticker" on top of it all. That PA is a joker for sure, she had put a "Disney Vacation Club - Hawaii" sticker on top of the dressing!
 08/08/2017 03:04 PM
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Good Luck man



 08/16/2017 04:39 AM
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Bone Marrow: No word yet, but no alarm bells either, , , ,

Chemo: Saw my Oncologist at Health First on Monday, 8/14. Usual small talk. Well, the marrow may have some "weight" on the plans, but for now, , , , it will be the same chemo as before, but for 6 treatments instead of only 3. I asked Dr. Vinarsky about the previously mentioned "aggressive" heavy-duty chemo and he said it was not indicated. IF, the original Lymphoma had come back within the first year yes, Heavy Duty Chemo. BUT, it has been 5 years, so the standard chemo is expected to be very efficient.

Current Prognosis: 98%+ confidence in being "cured".
 08/16/2017 06:43 AM
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 08/16/2017 08:30 AM
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Sincerest of hopes


 08/19/2017 10:57 AM
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Well, , , , yesterday I hopefully had my last 'test" for awhile, , , ,

MUGA Scan: Went to the Viera VA clinic yesterday morning for a multigated acquisition (MUGA) scan. NBD. They put an IV in my arm, gave me a shot of the "prep" juice and told me to go have a seat or get something to eat and drink and come back in 25 minutes. Had some breakfast in the canteen and went back in. They gave me the nuke med portion and I laid down on the scan table. Two (2) 10 minute scans (at 2 different angles).

>>>> "A multigated acquisition (MUGA) scan creates video images of the lower chambers of the heart to check whether they are pumping blood properly. It shows any abnormalities in the size of the chambers (called "ventricles") and in the movement of blood through the heart. Other names for this test include cardiac blood pooling imaging, nuclear heart scan, nuclear ventriculography, and radionuclide ventriculography.

Some people may need a MUGA scan before chemotherapy to find a pre-existing heart condition. Doctors also use MUGA scans as follow-up care to identify potential long-term heart side effects called late effects. Cancer survivors who may need follow-up MUGA scans include:

People who have had radiation therapy to the chest, spine, or upper abdomen.

People who have had a bone marrow/stem cell transplant or certain types of chemotherapy.

For these survivors, the test can identify heart-related late effects, which may occur more than 5 years after treatment. Learn more about the long-term side effects of cancer treatment.'
 08/19/2017 11:15 AM
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Sounds like you're being well taken care of, ...
... or at least a lot of tests, pokin' n proddin' and samples and what not.

Thanks for keeping us informed ...
... or at least giving me knowledge.

Keep on keeping on!!


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 08/20/2017 12:40 PM
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Treating B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is generally divided into main 2 types, based on whether it starts in B lymphocytes (B cells) or T lymphocytes (T cells). There are many different types of B-cell lymphomas. Treatment usually depends both on the type of lymphoma and the stage (extent) of the disease, but many other factors can be important as well.

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) tends to grow quickly. Most often, the treatment is chemotherapy (chemo), usually with a regimen of 4 drugs known as CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone), plus the monoclonal antibody rituximab (Rituxan). This regimen, known as R-CHOP, is most often given in cycles 3 weeks apart. Because this regimen contains the drug doxorubicin, which can damage the heart, it may not be suitable for patients with heart problems, so other chemo regimens may be used instead.

Stage I or II

For DLBCL that is only in 1 or 2 lymph node groups on the same side of the diaphragm (the thin muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen), R-CHOP is often given for 3 to 6 cycles, which might be followed by radiation therapy to the affected lymph node areas.

Stage III or IV

Most doctors will give 6 cycles of R-CHOP as first-line treatment. After several cycles, doctors may get imaging tests such as a PET/CT scan to see how well treatment is working. People who have a higher risk of the lymphoma coming back later in the tissues around the brain and spinal cord may be treated with chemo injected into the spinal fluid (called intrathecal chemotherapy). Another option is to give high doses of methotrexate intravenously. (This drug can pass into the spinal fluid.)

For younger patients with a higher risk of the lymphoma coming back (based on the International Prognostic Index [IPI] score), high-dose chemo followed by a stem cell transplant might be an option. But it's not yet clear if transplants are better as the initial treatment. Most doctors feel that if a transplant is done as part of the first treatment, it should be done in a clinical trial.

If the lymphoma doesn't go away completely with treatment or if it recurs (comes back) after treatment, doctors will usually suggest another chemo regimen. Several different regimens can be used, and they may or may not include rituximab. If the lymphoma shrinks with this treatment, it might be followed by a stem cell transplant if possible, as it offers the best chance of curing the lymphoma. Stem cell transplants are not effective unless the lymphoma responds to chemo. Unfortunately, not everyone is healthy enough for a stem cell transplant. Clinical trials of new treatments may be another good option for some people.

DLBCL can be cured in about half of all patients, but the stage of the disease and the IPI score can have a large effect on this. Patients with lower stages have better survival rates, as do patients with lower IPI scores.

 08/21/2017 08:17 AM
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Howard, I just saw this one man our whole family is thinking about you guys.  If you need anything you know how to get a hold of us even if it's just a car ride so you don't have to drive to/from treatment or a home cooked meal so you don't have to make it yourselves.  We could try some of the foods Rydyr likes to eat when his appetite is lacking too.  

And ask your doctor for a Mary J. Wanna referral!  Marinol/Dronabinol is 100% legal synthetic THC and will have to do until the laws get worked out in FL for big pharma to stop controlling it through the FDA.  Our experience over the last year and a half with Rydyr using it daily has been that it's very safe and effective.

Our best to you and your wife, the Stockton family

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 08/21/2017 09:54 AM
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Hang in there Dingpatch, thinking of you and sending prayers!


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