My MCL Diagnosis: Stan’s Story

Stan Friedman

Listen in as Alicia and Lizette speak with Stan Friedman. Stan is a trial lawyer and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) survivor from Savannah, Georgia. After receiving abnormal lab work and noticing swollen lymph nodes that his doctor pointed out, Stan was referred to a hematologist/oncologist for a bone marrow biopsy. Join them as Stan describes how he was diagnosed, the initial questions he asked his healthcare team, side effects that were both common and uncommon, the importance of support from those around him, and how he is doing five years later.

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  1. I found the chat with Stan Friedman and his experience with Mantle Cell Lymphoma interesting. I hope that other people with a history of lymphoma or other blood cancers will take advantage of these podcasts. I was diagnosed with Follicular B Cell lymphoma in December 2013, at the age of 67. My only symptoms were increased shortness of breath with exercise, which at first I attributed to asthma, which I had had for about 20 years. In hindsight, I also experienced increased fatigue. A visit to my physician revealed fluid at the base of my right lung. Blood work was normal. With a thoracentesis, one and a half quarts of fluid were removed, and a CT scan showed a tumor on the mediastinum next to the aorta. I had no palpable lymph nodes. I was successfully treated with chemotherapy for 6 months, and have had no further symptoms. An interesting thing is that my 33 year old daughter was diagnosed with ALL less than 3 months after my diagnosis.Fortunately, today we both enjoy good health and positive energy. We are so lucky. An additional interesting fact is that my father died of Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 35, in 1951. I appreciate the opportunity to have heard Stan’s story.

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