Lymphosarcoma is another name for lymphoma, an umbrella designation for a family of neoplastic disorders (cancers) of the lymphatic system. Fatigue is a common, and sometimes the first recognized, symptom (unless the individual detects the hard tumor in a lymph gland - but there are many disorders more common than lymphoma that can cause swollen lymph glands, ranging from trivial to very serious). If caught early, survival rates are quite good when patients can complete the chemotherapy and radiation regimens.
This episode explores an issue people who face serious illness often confront: what to do when medicine can no longer offer hope. Some elect to continue aggressive therapy to the very end, while others choose a less aggressive approach, or even discontinue therapy, despite knowing it will shorten their lives. They hope for a few final and happy months with loved ones. This is a very personal decision that often creates family conflict (as it nearly did here), and there are no easy or right answers. It is important that all 'stakeholders' in the matter (usually the patient but possibly the patient's family as well) thoroughly understand each option and its consequences. Vital to achieving this understanding is a good doctor willing to spend time explaining, and perhaps other professionals as well.