Dec 18

The Party’s Over

December 18th, 2003.

Today I went back to the doctor to see what the test results revealed.

The short version is, the remission is over, there’s a 4″ mass in my abdomen, and I’ll start Rituxan and chemo soon. Last time, my chemo consisted of COP + R This time it will be CHOP + R. Here’s a refresher…

CHOP chemotherapy agents:

  • C – Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan®) DNA-Altering
  • H – Doxorubicin (Adriamycin®) or Rubex® or Hydroxydaunomycin Antitumor Antibiotic
  • O – Vincristine (Oncovin®) Blocks Cell Duplication
  • P – Prednisone (Deltasone®) steroidal: anti-inflammatory, Immunosuppressant

Learn more about CHOP HERE and HERE.

  • R – RITUXAN – a monoclonal antibody (Mab)

Learn more about Rituxan HERE.

The doc’s giving me the holidays before starting it up. My schedule right now is:

  1. December 30th, 10:30 am: A cardiac nuclear scan to make sure my ticker can handle it.
  2. January 7th, 8:30 am: Rituxan treatment.
  3. January 8th, 8:30 am: CHOP Chemo treatment.
  4. January 14th, 10:am: See the doc again to assess the situation.

The doc says that this will be a very aggressive regimen and that this time all my hair will definitely fall out. Well, I think I’ll just use it as a reason to treat myself to a few new hats!

Big Grin smiley in Santa hat


1 comment

  1. Naomi

    Appreciate you sharing, great post.Really thank you! Cool.

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