Frank Purcell, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor
Frank is a 14-year blood cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma stage III-B and treated locally at Penn Medicine, Abramson Cancer Center with six-months of chemotherapy.
Frank’s story began when he found a lump on his neck and luckily thought to ask a doctor about it. As a result, his cancer diagnosis was caught fairly early. Frank had none of the more common symptoms of Hodgkin’s disease.
Within a few weeks, the lump on Frank’s neck grew to the size of a softball. He had an intravenous chest port installed so that the chemotherapy could be delivered directly to his heart through the vena cava. As hard as chemotherapy was, Frank felt fortunate with the way his body tolerated aggressive treatment.
Frank could tell you shocking stories about what his year of diagnosis, treatment and early recovery were like, but at the same time he was aware that he one of the lucky ones.
It seem like every day we hear about advancements in treatment of cancer, but we still have lots of work to do. The money being raised by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is funding critical research that’s saving even more lives, much of it taking place right here in Philadelphia.