Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor: Listening to my mother saved my life

If it hadn’t been for my mom, I might not be here today. I thought I was in remission in the spring of 2008. I’d already completed six rounds of chemotherapy for T-cell lymphoma — a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — near my home in central Louisiana. But my mother, a registered nurse, insisted I go to MD Anderson. She knew I might still need a stem cell transplant, and my local oncologist didn’t do those. She made an appointment for me at MD Anderson on March 24, 2008. I’m really glad now that I went. Second opinion leads to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma re-diagnosis I met with Issa Khouri, M.D., that day. Thanks to the advanced technology MD Anderson uses, we discovered that I wasn’t in remission after all. I still had tumors in my chest and kidneys. Dr. Khouri recommended I start chemotherapy immediately, in preparation for an allogeneic stem cell transplant. I followed his advice and had my transplant on Aug. 7, 2008. My immune system is still recovering, but I’ve been cancer-free ever since. What makes MD Anderson superior I really liked my local oncologist, and I’m grateful to him for keeping me alive. But if I had to do it all over again, I’d go to MD Anderson first. From the moment I arrived here, I was amazed. Every single employee I encountered was professional and polite. And the sheer number of cancer patients that they treat on a daily basis gives them an advantage over smaller facilities. But the quality of care I received at MD Anderson is what really separates it from other hospitals....