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primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL)

On October 19, 2023, I went to urgent care for a cough that wouldn't go away. Turns out, it was a little more than a cough. A large mass in my chest was causing pneumonia. Two weeks later, I finally had a name for the mass ― primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL). One thing that was very important to me early on in my cancer journey was fertility preservation. I knew that the chemotherapy I would get would put me at risk for infertility, so I advocated for myself and got an early referral to the reproductive and endocrinology (REI) clinic near me. It was a coordinated effort between my REI provider, my oncologist, and me to safely fulfill my goal of freezing my eggs while monitoring my symptoms.

As I near the end of my treatment, I plan to advocate for more affordable fertility preservation options, in particular for cancer patients. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has a very comprehensive guide detailing resources, and I hope more patients can benefit from them in the future.

primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL)