Diagnosis & Treatment

Subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma (SPTCL)
Medical Center
Cross Cancer Center - Alberta, Tom Baker Cancer Center - Calgary, Canada
Dr. Chu - Alberta, Canada
Clinical Trials
Medical Treatment
Stem cell
Details of Treatment
12 chemotherapy , laprocacopy, stem cell transplant (see full regimen here https://cancerwarrior.health.blog)
Medication During Treatment
CHOEP - cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin hydrochloride (hydroxydaunorubicin), vincristine sulfate (Oncovin), etoposide, and prednisone.
Alternative Therapies During Treatment
Cancer changed my life completely. I focus on the positivities of living each day and resilience in life.
Vitamin D, calcium, multivitamin & biotin
WHAt helped me during treatment
Favorite Quote
Cancer can’t stop me
Advice for Others
Stay positive, fight for yourself, and beat the sh*t out!

My Story

Harjeet has a detailed and inspiring blog which describes her exact experience and treatment, please visit https://cancerwarrior.health.blog

Visit Harjeet's Blog - https://cancerwarrior.health.blog

Harjeet has also been featured on Canadian Cancer Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and more.

Here is some of Harjeet's amazing story:

in 2019, Harjeet began experiencing high fevers with no other symptoms. Weeks passed and she found herself in the emergency room numerous times. After two and a half months in the hospital Harjeet was diagnosed with stage 4 Subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma. Her diagnosis was complicated with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocystosis (HLH) - an auto immune disease. This form of cancer is very rare with only 150 cases reported worldwide.

She began an aggressive chemotherapy treatment right away as her cancer was quite advanced. After completing 12 rounds of chemotherapy, she received a stem cell transplant as soon as she was in partial remission. The transplant took place in April 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, she was isolated for 32 days with a strict no visitor policy. Harjeet describes the stem cell transplant as unbelievably tough for her, without having her family around for support. But with her brother being her donor match, it was ultimately successful.

She says her amazing husband and family got her through those tough times. "It’s been a long journey to get here - at some points, I felt like this day will never come. But here I am, getting better every day and living my life."

Harjeet began writing a blog about her cancer experience, to support others going through something similar. Now, it has been read by people worldwide.  In addition to her personal blog, she also spends her time volunteering with cancer groups like the Canadian Cancer Society.

"I feel happy if I'm at least able to help others and bring change to the cancer community," says Harjeet.

Harjeet also joined the network of advocates Voices for Change. Together, they raise awareness for government action to prevent cancer and improve the lives of people affected by cancer. She was recently featured in our Get Better campaign, calling on government to get better at addressing cancer care.  

Advocacy plays a big role in Harjeet's journey now. While staying at the University of Alberta hospital, her husband advocated to get her diagnosed as soon as possible. They continue to advocate for more post-cancer treatment and follow-up appointments for other Canadians.

“Everyone who has suffered from cancer should advocate for their health and a better life after cancer,” says Harjeet.

Harjeet believes that patients have the right to educate themselves about treatments and support services. That belief drives her passion for advocacy.

“To be vocal about our cancer battles and what we go through is not easy,” says Harjeet. “We need to be listened to and considered as cancer patients who are going through this life-changing disease.”  

It’s been 3 years since Harjeet’s cancer diagnoses and 2 years since her stem cell transplant. She is currently NED (no evidence of cancer) with follow up scans every year. She continues to write about her journey and looks forward to the impact her work will have.

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