Not long after Joseph Ogden, an auctioneer and antiques enthusiast, noticed that a lump in his groin area was getting bigger, a biopsy revealed that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL).
NHL is a cancer that occurs in the lymph system, part of the body’s immune system that includes lymph nodes and organs.
When Joseph received his NHL diagnosis, he said he insisted on being treated at the OSUCCC – James. “I know without a doubt that the doctors, specialists and nurses at The James saved my life,” he said.
Early on, between 1998 and 1999, Joseph received two rounds of chemotherapy. His cancer was in remission in 2001, when a CT scan revealed more tumors. OSUCCC – James doctors treated the return of Joseph’s NHL with radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Eventually, doctors determined that Joseph had received all treatment options available to patients with NHL except a stem cell/mini bone marrow transplant. His hematologist tested Joseph’s three sisters as possible matches, but none of them matched, so the OSUCCC – James added Joseph’s name to the National Bone Marrow Registry.
When a nearly perfect match was found, Joseph and his wife temporarily moved to Columbus. After radiation therapy and chemotherapy to prepare for the transplant, OSUCCC – James doctors performed a successful stem cell transplant on Joseph one day before his 60th birthday.
In July 2005, a new tumor was diagnosed in Joseph’s throat and he received another round of therapy and another mini bone marrow transplant. The same donor from his first transplant supplied Joseph’s bone marrow for the second time.
Joseph has been through many ups and downs with NHL, but he has appreciated getting to know the staff of the OSUCCC – James Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program. “The staff at the BMT unit became like our family,” he said.
“I will stop and visit with them every time I’m in for a checkup,” he said, “but now it’s time for me to see how they are all doing.”