A friend's father has been battling lymphoma for about 2 years. In Oct 2001 he got stem cells and within 3 weeks of transplant was discharged b/c his counts were fantastic. He was doing well, other than general fatigue that goes with recovery, until 9 days ago when he developed a fever. He was admitted to the hospital and is now on a vent and receiving abx to treat something they haven't dx'd yet. They've done bld cx, spinal taps, bld work, xrays. Friend reports they can't do MRI b/c they would have to remove all metal - I'm not quite sure what metal he's talking about. Should be able to do MRI on vented pt's,right? Can't even do CT b/c pt in so much discomfort/pain when he is moved slightest bit. How is a fungal infxn detected? Is it with MRI/CT? He's been in the hospital x 9 days and fever has been ranging from 99-105. CSF cx should be back tonight. Apparently every specialty has been consulted, Onco, Resp, ID, Neuro, Card, Heme. Other than possible fungal infxn or brain ca, does anyone have any insight?????
I realize the info is limited. My friend is asking if I know any oncologists or other specialists I could run this past or if I know any specialists that wouldn't mind talking with him. I told him my resources at work are limited but that I would post this and see what my colleagues had to offer.
My friend had Wilms about 30 yrs ago and to watch his father go thru tx was extremely difficult. Now he is absolutely beside himself.
If anyone can share any tid bits of info or any experience with a similar senario as to other possibilities it would be GREATLY appreciated.
Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!