Time for a cancer update – there’s been a really good reason I’ve kept quiet up til now, I’ve explained all in this video but if you prefer you can read instead…
I felt like I needed to wait to this point before breaking the news, this should become clearer as I explain…
Before radiotherapy, we asked our docs about having another baby. We wanted to know if it would be irresponsible since I had cancer. Since my cancer was stage 1, with an excellent prognosis and that I could expect to live for a long time the answer was a resounding “I don’t see why not”.
So after radiotherapy, we began trying for another child. It didn’t take long! This came as a surprise since our first pregnancy was the result of IVF!
We were over the moon of course, but the joy was a tad shortlived – the day after the positive pregnancy test I felt an odd lump in my groin. After lots of scans and a biopsy it turns out my CTCL has spread to my lymph nodes. This means I’m ‘upgraded’ from stage 1 to stage 4.
I’m undergoing CHOP chemotherapy while pregnant (this type of chemo is safe during pregnancy – the wonders of modern medicine)! This is just to keep the cancer at bay so that I can grow my baby until its safe for them to come out.
CHOP stands for cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin (hydroxydaunomycin), vincristine (Oncovin ®) and prednisolone (a steroid). You can read more about it on the Macmillan CHOP information page.
The plan after pregnancy will be to get me to a point where I can undertake a stem cell transplant (If they can find me a match). There is a small chance I will be cured completely after this, but also a good chance I’ll go back to stage 1 territory.