That is Morgan’s official diagnosis. If some of you, like me, aren’t familiar with what the different stages mean here’s the different types of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma below:
The “II” represents the stage groupings which are:
Stage I: Involvement of single lymph node region or localized involvement of a single extralymphatic organ or site.
Stage II: Involvement of two or more lymph node regions on the same side of the diaphragm or localized contiguous involvement of a single extra lymphatic organ or site and its regional lymph node(s) with involvement of one or more lymph node regions on the same side of the diaphragm.
Stage III: Involvement of lymph node regions on both sides of the diaphragm, which may also be accompanied by localized contiguous involvement of an extralymphatic organ or site by involvement of the spleen or both.
Stage IV: Disseminated (multifocal) involvement of one or more extralymphatic organs or tissues, with or without associated lymph node involvement, or isolated extralymphatic organ involvement with distand (no-regional) nodal involvement.
The “A” represents symptoms. Which in this case means he lacks “B” symptoms which are:
- Unexplained weight loss greater than 10%
- Unexplained recurrent fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Drenching night sweats
Source: CureSearch: Children’s Oncology Group
So we first learned today that there was not any lymphoma present in his bone marrow which indicated that he probably didn’t have Stage IV. Then after we were called by his oncologist after he looked at the PET CT Scan of his entire body we were told that the only cancer present was what the original CT scan showed. The cancer is within lymph nodes in his neck and chest (so more than one area so it isn’t Stage I, but not below the diaphragm ruling out Stage III).
So this was the best possible news we could have received today. The cancer itself is pretty curable, but that it is only Stage II is even better. Morgan is facing about 4-5 months of chemo and then he will have radiation treatment. His entire treatment time will be approximately six to seven months. We have his consultation tomorrow with the oncologist and other members of his team so we’ll find out more details.
So, I never thought I’d praise God for Stage IIA Hogdkin’s Lymphoma, but we could have been facing much worse. We still have a long road ahead, but things are brighter than what they were before the weekend. We know that God is complete control. He is allowing us to go through this for a reason and we’re going to trust him as we walk forward. We are so thankful for the prayers and support that Morgan and our entire family has received.