[stanford_status] Status as of 13 July 2006
John R Larsen
john at larsen-family.us
Thu Jul 13 19:38:10 EDT 2006
Stanford went back to Dartmouth Medical Center yesterday, July 12th, for another CT scan. The scan
showed that the fluid in his abdomen has gone down even more. There is one small pocket of water that
appears to be trapped by scar tissue. There is no immediate concern over this, but it is a potential
source of infection to look out for.
They still haven't been able to identify the type of lymphoma, but they are repeating several tests.
Stanford told Dr. Chaffee that it is a "Stanphoma", which is why they can't identify it. She had a good
laugh over that.
Dr. Chaffee said Stanford has improved quite a bit in the five days since she last saw him. We have also
noticed a big improvement. His "plumbing" finally started working a whole lot better on Monday. It
appears that his system has finally turned a corner and he's improving steadily.
The original diagnosis was a Burkitts Lymphoma, which is very aggressive, and would have to be treated
very aggressively. This would have been a six month treatment, but very intense. The current thinking is
that it is a B Cell lymphoma which isn't as aggressive. Dr. Chaffee said treatment would probably last
one to two years. A lot of the chemotherapy probably can be done locally in Nashua or in Manchester.
The lab in Boston doing the pathology is located in the Dana Farbar Cancer Insititute. Everything was
sent back to them yesterday for more testing. We will probably go down some day next week to consult
with the oncologist there. So, we're in a waiting mode. We should know what the treatment schedule
will be in the next two or three weeks. As we learn more we'll let you know.
ps. I've put Stanford's PET and CT scans online. You can use the following links to look at them if you
Pictures of Stanford's hospital stays are found at these links:
John R Larsen <john at larsen-family.us>
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