Tuesday, April 18, 2006

APRIL 18, 2006, 5.0pm LATEST NEWS

Eric's operation is over and he is recovering well. Dr M reports that he has removed all of the tumour. He says that he found no lung cancer, but that all the evidence points to a lymphoma. This is excellent news, in that a lymphoma is far more treatable. Tests of the material removed will identify what kind of lymphoma this is.

Dr M also removed some lymph glands around the drain site of the tumour and they appeared clear.The PET scan showed only a mildly increased take up of the lymphoma in the bone marrow, which may not be significant. A sample of bone marrow taken from Eric during the operation will be fully analysed during the next few days, as will all the samples taken during the operation. Clearly, we'll know much more in a few days.

The usual treatment for lymphoma is chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Eric will be in Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5, for the next six or seven days. He is in Victoria & Albert Ward on the 2nd floor of the main building. Visiting hours are 10.30am to 12 noon and 2.0pm to 8.0pm. Please ring Lindsay (0207 640 2306) before you visit. Posted by Lindsay Avebury

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