We officially have a diagnosis. My Dad has Stage IV, aggressive, diffuse large B cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Sounds really bad but the prognosis is actually quite good (between 75-85%). He will get chemo for six months and hopefully it will largely be outpatient. He is still VERY weak and feeling miserable so the road will be long. He was in kidney failure at the time of diagnosis so that will take time to remit. He also has narrowing in the esophagus which might require a stint. If that doesn't work he will have to be on a feeding tube for a while.
He knows that his chances are good but he's a little beaten down. There are so many extenuating circumstances (liver, kidney, lungs, stomach, etc.) that he feels like the road will be so tough. I know that once he starts the road to getting better he will feel more positive but it's hard to be positive when you're starting such a tough journey in the face.
I am just thankful it is a treatable cancer and that we live in an area that has great hospitals. We're hoping to have him home for Christmas so keep those prayers coming!