Department of Hematology, Yokohama City University Medical Center, Yokohama, Japan.
We retrospectively analysed 16 cases of newly diagnosed pulmonary mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT)lymphomain the Japanese population. The disease was found on the basis of examination findings in 14 cases, and clinical manifestations in 2. According to the extensive staging procedure, four patients had concomitant gastric involvement. Primary treatment involved surgery alone in two patients; surgery followed by rituximab (R)-containing chemotherapy in two; R-containing chemotherapy alone in 11; and chemoradiotherapy without R in one. Over the median observation period of 28 months, disease progression was recorded in three patients, but all 16 patients were alive at the end of the observation period. One patient was treated with R alone and achieved partial remission; subsequent tentative surgery showed no evidence of residuallymphoma. It has been 72 months of progression-free survival after the diagnosis. Primary pulmonaryMALT lymphomaexhibited an indolent clinical course. R has potential as a therapeutic agent in patients with pulmonaryMALT lymphoma.
Am old enough to understand the difference between the Bay of Pigs - and roasting a pig at a epicurian feast. Been thru the hippy, yippie and yuppie years - always remaining who I am.
Very much believe in "Sing your own song - weave your own tapestry"
Am young enough to still know the thrill of new discoveries, the beauty of the evening, to celebrate the joy of another tommorow.
Survived these many decades with a severe medical problems. Sorting out the maze of now having two lymphomas and all their nasty little companions, but I continue.
Besides, being a simple iconoclastic eclectic, have been called many things. An incurable romanticist - with a strong touch of reality. Thinker, intellectual (God, how I hate that term) - been told I am a lion with the heart of the poet.
Know how to wage war and conquer my foes - but would rather be known as one who brings hope and life. To bring hope into anothers life is the ultimate of joys.
Life should be about bringing hope, peace, vision... a sense of purpose beyond yourself.