Re: B-cell samll lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Hi there! I do. I have Non Hodgkins Lymphoma/CLL. I was diagnosed in May at age 53. I had no symptoms and was diagnosed after a biopsy, after finding enlarged lymph nodes during a mammogram. I underwent 4 treatments of Rituxan in July and then 8 treatments of the same in Dec/Jan. Rituxan is a monoclonal immunotherapy that is awesome. You get it as an IV at the hospital, once a week. It kills B-cells, good and bad. You have no side affects, you aren't sick, weak and don't lose your hair. It's the greatest drug. I told my oncologist I'd love to have the stuff once a week for the rest of my life. She said, "No". I will have my CT and PET scans at the beginning of March. All of my lymph nodes have shrunken to normal size. I'll more than likely be having 4 Rituxan treatments every 6 months for 2 years. That's it. No big deal at all.
I remember being in your shoes. This information should put your mind at ease a bit. I live a normal life, with no side affects and no symptoms of any disease. I'm not sick at all. Good luck.