I'm about to graduate nursing school (6 weeks left!) and my dad just got his biopsy results back showing Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Mantle-Cell Type.
They thought he was having an allergic response to something for the last 8 months (ALL his doctors thought this) until about a month ago when I woke up one morning and realized it had to be something else. Sure enough, a doc palpated 1 of his lymph nodes and then the symptoms all fit together: recurrent fevers, generalized itching, fatigue, etc.
I feel very uneducated about Lymphoma in general but am even more confused by mantle-cell. Everything I've looked up online is AWFUL showing an average of 2-5 year survival rate.
I guess I am hoping that an Onc nurses would be willing to share with me their knowledge or point me to a reputable site? I'm trying to prepare myself for what to expect. Oh and he is 62-years-old and has always been in excellent shape, healthy diet and exercise.
Thank you so much