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Old 04-18-2006, 08:23 AM   #1
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Question Providing support during chemotherapy?

I'm an adult whose father has recently begun aggressive chemotherapy for a lymphoma with a poor prognosis. He has family locally, but I live far away and don't know what to do to support him. I've been sending cards and pictures and emails, and he really liked a humerous book on living with cancer that I sent him (among several books on cancer and non-cancer topics, that's the one he liked best). And I will visit him after he gets through with his chemotherapy in a couple of months. But is there anything else I can do to support him, either during the times he's in the hospital or when he's at home? Are there any other gifts he might enjoy besides the books and silk flowers? Thanks for any suggestions!

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Old 04-18-2006, 10:40 AM   #2
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Re: Providing support during chemotherapy?

Hi there--

Im so sorry to hear about your dad having lymphoma. If you dont mind my asking--how did he get his diagnosis? Im going through a bunch of tests right now, so I was just curious.
I think what you are already doing by sending him books and flowers is great! Encouraging phone calls are always nice. Is he a computer person? Emails and email cards are nice too. Why does he have a poor prognosis?
I hope and pray that your dad will get through this with flying colors! It sounds like he has a good attitude as well--that is very important
Good luck, and i'll be praying for your dad


Old 04-18-2006, 02:35 PM   #3
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Re: Providing support during chemotherapy?

Thanks. His diagnosis was based on a biopsy of enlarged lymph nodes noted on physical exam. He has a poor prognosis based on the subtype of the lymphoma, but is undergoing aggressive investigational therapy and is responding very well so far. I hope your tests come out okay.

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