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Mantle Cell Lymphoma| Jason’s Story

Jason W., Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL), Stage 4

1st Symptoms: Hives, inflamed arms

Treatment: Calabrutinib, Lenalidomide, Rituxan

Mantle Cell Lymphoma:
Jason W.’s Story

Jason is a New York entrepreneur, tennis player, a theater-goer, and traveler who says he loves the lights of Las Vegas. But he is most passionate about his work.

Things shifted in 2019 when Jason, at only 39 years old, was diagnosed with stage 4 mantle cell lymphoma, a rare blood cancer that is more common in men over 60 years old. His diagnosis almost turned his world upside down, and he was thankful he had become an entrepreneur prior to his own treatment.

In this video series, Jason shares his story of diagnosis, clinical trial and treatment, and how cancer changed his life. His story is such an inspiring example of patient self-advocacy!

Explore his 3-part story series below. Thank you so much for sharing, Jason!

The Mantle Cell Lymphoma Diagnosis

His blood work and everything seemed normal. Except for the increasing itch and pain from hives and inflamed arms, Jason and his primary doctor thought it was nothing serious.

Specialists couldn’t find anything until he was referred to a hematologist. Learn how Jason was finally diagnosed.

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Treatment & Clinical Trial Experience

Jason used to be afraid of needles and procedures. And watching his mom battle breast cancer through chemo, he was determined to try a different course of treatment.

Luckily, Jason got into a clinical trial which proved to be working for him.

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Life After Cancer (Quality of Life)

For more than two years now, Jason diligently writes in his clinical trial journal every single day. Staying on his course of treatment outside of the formal trial gives him hope of full remission from mantle cell lymphoma.

Jason’s story is also an inspiring example of patient self-advocacy—making informed decisions for better quality of life.

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  • Name: Jason W.
  • Diagnosis (DX)
    • Mantle cell lymphoma
  • 1st Diagnosis:
    • Age at DX: 39 years old
    • Symptoms
      • Hives
  • Tests for DX: Bone marrow biopsy, PET CT
  • Treatment:
    • Acalabrutinib
    • Lenalidomide
    • Rituxan

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Tim H., Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL), Stage 3/2



1st Symptoms: Lump on left-side of neck that grew bigger over a couple years, new lump on right side
Treatment: 6 cycles Nordic chemo protocol, alternating cycles of R-CHOP and rituximab + high-dose cytarabine, autologous stem cell transplant

Sheryl B., Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL), Stage 4



1st Symptoms: (Over 15 years) Skin irritation from temperature changes, rising WBC levels, unexplained fatigue, retinal hemorrhage, hardened abdomen (from enlarged spleen)
Treatment: 6 cycles Hyper-CVAD chemotherapy

Shari B., Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL), Stage 4



1st Symptoms: None, lymphoma discovered at unrelated doctor appointment
Treatment: 6 cycles R-CHOP, 5 cycles Phase 3 trial of Velcade + Rituxan (normally for multiple myeloma), allogeneic bone marrow transplant (BMT)

Bobby J., Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL), Stage 4



1st Symptoms: Fatigue, enlarged lymph nodes
Treatment: Clinical trial of ibrutinib + rituximab, consolidated chemo of 4 cycles of Hyper-CVAD

Jason W., Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL), Stage 4



1st Symptoms: Hives, inflamed arms



Treatment: Calabrutinib, Lenalidomide, Rituxan
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