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Old 02-03-2009, 05:21 PM   #16
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Is your Mother basically in good health? If so don't let them scare you with the 'odds'.

When it comes to blood cancers, it's all about how the cancer responds to treatment, and even then there are multiple options. Are they giving her Rituxan as part of her chemo?

I found one thread on the LLS Support board where 'Gramma' has been living with MCL for 10 years! She was Stage 4 in 2005 and is still kicking cancer butt!

Your mother is even young enough to be considered for transplant too.

Until the doctors have tried everything and how well she responses is know, they can only guess based on how others have done, how well she will do.

Also keep in mind, any stats that say '7 years', are outdated stats as they predate the use of both Rituxan and Velcade, which wouldn't have been an option for most people until 3 years ago, therefore don't include the success rates for either of those drugs.

Good luck to you, your Mom and the rest of the family. It's not a pleasant journey, but many have survived it.
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:42 PM   #17
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You and your mom are in my thoughts and prayers
Don't give up !!!

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Old 02-03-2009, 11:14 PM   #18
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Its important to think positive and to be strong for your mother. Don't let her see you upset. Give her your strength. She needs it. And don't start negative thinking. She can and will recover-make this your mantra. I went through a similar experience and started writing letters to God. And it worked.
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:02 AM   #19
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I know the statistics on my husband's cancer, I just do not listen to them. Each person is different and will battle the cancer differently, some respond better than others. So, think right now, she is living with cancer. Also, I hope you can get to a place where you and her have a relationship with no negativity, so hard I know, but for you I hope it..
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