Hello, Everyone. I have some questions concerning lymphoma. First, a little background: I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in May 2011, surgery went great in June 2011, but had a recurrence in October 2011...and now though the doctors thought I was having another recurrence, it was declared that my thyroid cancer is gone. Yay!
Unfortunately, I have some suspicious lymph nodes along my right collar bone that have been there for a few months. The one has grown even larger over the last few weeks. The ENT found a couple of others along my collar bone that I didn't know about. Nothing lit up on my PET scan, but the doctor could see several enlarged nodes in my neck and of course, on my right collar bone. She tried to do a needle biopsy, but couldn't obtain enough material with 4 passes on 2 of the collar bone nodes. So, now I have a follow up appointment in February to do an excisional biopsy of the nodes...sooner if they grow more. I've had fevers, night sweats, severe fatigue, joint pain in all of my joints (even my elbows!) as well as pain that shoots up my neck and down my shoulder/arm and crazy itching all over. The nodes on my collar bone are mobile, but painless and rubbery like. Also, just found a pea-sized node on my left collar bone that wasn't there before. I'm really getting worried.
Here are my lab results for my wbc's:
Eosinophil H 1% [0%]
Monocyte L 3% [4-8%]
Lymphocyte H 44% [21-33%]
Neutrophil L 55% [58-66%]
The other blood counts are in the "Normal" range, though they are either on the low side of normal, or the high side...nothing in the middle. They tested me for EBV, and while the bloodwork does show that I had had Mono years ago, it does not show anything active at this point. Any ideas? We know there isn't any other infection going on (been on the antibiotic merry-go-round plus steroids). And I haven't been sick with a cold/flu. Anyone know what could be causing all of the symptoms?
So, now that I've already battled one cancer, I may be battling another. Hopefully, it isn't and they figure out what's going on. But, if it does turn out to be lymphoma, they think it is the slow progression type. I would like to know what type of things I can expect if it does turn out to be lymphoma. What was/is your experience? Thank you so much for any/all replies as I feel alone in this right now.