1/21/2007: MEF, MCL


2 Chronicles 7:14 -- "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
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Twenty-five years of working the health care industry brings considerable exposure to clinicians who use abbreviations for communication, although, officially, the practice is actually frowned upon within the hospital industry today.But little did I realize this life-stage would come when my health status would be labeled with three simple letters: MCL.

In April 2006, those initials became part of my identity and we began our journey to seek treatment, if not a cure. These past ten months have been full of emotions and experience along with an awareness that as long as we have breath and life, and a will, we can seek healing.

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"Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases"-- Psalm 130:2-3


Lymphoma is a serious affection which affects different parts of the body and usually occurs in many forms. One of the most severe form of lymphoma is known as mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). In addition to this, mantle cell lymphoma is a rare form of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma which tends to develop and spread very fast to other organs of the body.


Due to the fact that mantle cell lymphoma spreads very fast to different parts of the body, treatments of this type of affection should be good enough to reach to all the infected cells. Unlike chemotherapy which is the main form of treatment, bringing successfully results, other treatments, such as surgery or radiation therapy are not enough useful to reduce the cancer.


To begin with, chemotherapy has proved to be the most efficient treatment to treat mantle cell lymphoma. Chemotherapy can be administrated in the form of injections, drips in the veins or even tablets. Much more, a treatment for this affection may include different types of drugs and the doses depend on the patient condition.


In most cases, the treatments prescribed include the CHOP regimen, a combination of four drugs which is taken in a single day and repeated every three weeks for six ot eight cycles. Even though, chemotherapy brings important results, the disease may occur again. In order to prevent a recidivism of mantle cell lymphoma, specialists use to prescribe chemotherapy combinations, such as treatments for leukemias.


On the other hand, these combinations of chemotherapy might be very toxic for some patients who suffer from Mantle cell lymphoma. Secondly, another efficient treatment includes monoclonal antibodies such as Rituximab, usually used to treat Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma as well.


Another way to treat mantle cell lymphoma which tends to be a hard procedure and not widely practiced is the bone marrow or stem-cell transplant. Radiation is another procedure which is usually used when the disease is not very severe. Much more as it is known that this disease affects many areas of the body, radiation is not the best choice.


In conclusion, even though mantle cell lymphoma tends to be an incurable disease, treatments for this affection have the role in prolonging and improving the life of the patients. Nowadays many new treatments are being tested and much more clinical trials may help the patient considerably.

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