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Helping Adam Bentley

Helping Adam Bentley

It was 2015, life was good. I was a fit and healthy (so I thought) mid-forties male, working full time with a family of my own. Then I discovered a lump in my groin. A subsequent ultrasound showed more alarmingly, a mass in my abdomen. A biopsy of the enlarged lymph node in my groin showed I had Follicular NHL Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

I was put on what the doctors called watch-and-wait, as this type of lymphoma was slow growing and at times doesn’t need treating for years if ever. I was quite relieved and happy to provide the blood samples every 3 months.

Fast forward to May 2017. My spleen had swollen to the point that I was not sleeping comfortably. My next visit to the Hematologist at Flinders Cancer Clinic in Adelaide resulted in a PET scan and following that, 6 cycles of R CHOP chemotherapy.

The chemotherapy reduced the swelling and I felt much better after the first cycle. Unfortunately, I had only what is described as a partial response to the treatment.

A biopsy of the actual tumor in my abdomen revealed it had transformed to DLBCL (Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma). The next chemo I endured was R-ICE, a more potent form, however this failed to remove my tumors too.

I had to travel from home in Adelaide to Peter Mac in Melbourne for treatment – we tried two different immunotherapies. The response to neither was good and my options were fast running out.

I have been lucky enough to be accepted for a new groundbreaking treatment called CAR-T Cell Therapy. CAR-T could be a potentially life-saving treatment for me, but it’s currently not available to adults in Australia and I have to travel to Boston, USA.

The treatment is covered by the Medical Treatment Overseas Program, leaving me to crowd-fund to cover the huge costs of living in USA for up to four months. With the help of you and my family and friends, this could give me another chance at life.

Cheers and thank you,

Adam Bentley


Megan Tideswell
(214 days ago)
Our thoughts are with you, wishing you a speedy recovery.
$150
Gordon & Bev
(218 days ago)
Wishing you a speedy recovery.
$500
Anonymous
(260 days ago)
$200
The Jones Family
(270 days ago)
$200
David & Carolyn
(271 days ago)
Wishing you a speedy recovery
$100
Old Bush Inn whip around at Lewy's 48th
(271 days ago)
Donation from Pauline and Averil
$60
Deb
(274 days ago)
$50
Robyn & Sami Gilligan
(281 days ago)
Best of luck, hope treatment goes well for you.
$150
Mali & Finn Gilligan
(281 days ago)
Rajo’s Nephews here, we hope the money helps to get to the USA, good luck.
$50
Bee and Kerrie
(281 days ago)
Stay strong Ads. Love ya mate. See you when you get back.
$2,000
Glynn
(281 days ago)
On the wings of an Eagle my brother ...
$150
The Hines Family
(281 days ago)
You can pay this back by a few more trips to Finke with you mate!
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Linz
(281 days ago)
Get over there and give it hell !!
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Lewy
(282 days ago)
Kick arse mate!
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Leigh & Jen Gilligan
(282 days ago)
Good luck mate!
$500
Kiwi greasemonkey
(282 days ago)
Strength bro, you will do it
$75
Gareth Randall
(282 days ago)
Get over there RAMBO. Stay positive.
$400
Kochy
(282 days ago)
Get into it mate...all the best and good luck!
$250
gosowong tennis master
(282 days ago)
kick its ass bentley!!
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Richard and Kate Vines
(282 days ago)
With our very best wishes. Stay strong.
$250
Category: Patient
Tags: cancers, family, Follicular NHL Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, lymphoma, male, rare,
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