I had an appointment with my oncolodoc the other day. This one was at my request because some of my Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia symptoms that reappeared a few months ago and were previously tamed by the steroid decadron are back again. And we knew that the steroids would probably only be a temporary solution before we would need to call in some bigger guns and take a few doses of some chemo. We just weren’t sure how temporary.
So that’s where we are. We called in the big guns today. Starting next week, I will undergo 6 rounds of Rituxan. (which technically is a monoclonal antibody and not a chemotherapy agent the way many people would envision. ) This is one of the “smart bombs” that kills only what it is supposed to kill. Depending on the result and my reaction, we may introduce a second drug after the first couple of treatments.
Although this may sound like a lot, I only need to go in once a week for 6 weeks so it should be only a VERY minor interruption of the rest of my life. I shouldn’t have any problem working and training through and around it.
Of course the very first dose of Rituxan can be a little tricky. I tend to have mild reactions to it until they work out all of the kinks with the premeds, IV drip rate, etc. But I will eventually settle in.
I’m not concerned about this, so neither should anyone else be. I will be very happy to put these symptoms to rest and move on. Besides, I had very good success with this treatment historically, so …….. there is no reason to expect anything but the same this time around. And once these rounds are done, I expect to be able to lock this thing away again for several more years.
I’ll keep everyone posted. You all know this disease is an open book with me in the hopes that others may learn a thing or two or perhaps even ease someone’s fear or anxiety. Hey, maybe I’ll even sneak out some good video or pictures from treatment. I’m sure that may drive the nurses a little nuts but…… I think I’m supposed to do that.
No worries, life is GREAT. As for this gorgeous day? I am out the door and on my bike.