A&P Cancer Part II

A&P Cancer Part II

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  • Two days later, Matthew and his mom go to see Dr. Altwood. 
  • Alright Matthew, your mom said you've been having some breathing issues. So I'm going to do a respiratory check-up and see what's going on?
  • Ok. I don't care, I just want to be able to play soccer.
  • Dr. Altwood listens to Matthew's breathing, and then begins to feel his neck for swelling. 
  • Ok Matthew, so you have some swelling in your neck, most likely your lymph nodes. So, I',m going to send you for a PET Scan because of your A - T. And then, I'd like to take a bone marrow sample to check your blood cell count.
  • Matthew gets his PET Scan and bone marrow sample taken.
  • Matthew, Ms. Finnegan  I'm sorry to say it but Matthew has Stage III Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. 
  • To be more specific, Matthew has Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. This means that Matthew had too many lymphoblasts, or immature white blood cells, in his lymph nodes and thymus gland. When I took the PET Scan, it showed that the cancer most likely started from behind his breastbone.
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