Question Hi Dr. Higby, My 42 yr old nephew was just diagnosed with stage 4 mantle cell lymphoma. They are beginning CHOP therapy. My questions are #1 What does CHOP stand for #2 What would be his life expectancy be #3 Is 'juicing' okay or recommended? Thank you for your time.
Answer Mantle Cell Lympoma (MCL) in advanced stages is associated with about a 50% five year survival, and very rare cure with conventional therapy. CHOP stands for Cytoxan, Hydroxydaunomycin (adriamycin) Oncovin (vincristine) and Prednisone. This is a standard lymphoma combination of drugs. If your nephew doesn't have any risk factors he should be looking into much more aggressive therapy or investigational therapy. CHOP by itself is not "state of the art" although I couldn't be sure what his doctors have in mind. They might be starting with CHOP and if he has a good response, they might proceed with more aggressive therapy. I would urge your nephew to get a second opinion from a nearby cancer center. Juicing is fine, no problem.
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