That Red devil is amazing stuff hey.....I walked to the toilets with the drip still in and the bag half full and my pee was already beetroot red
Your next chemo session will be about 2 hours shorter...they go slow with the Rituxan (MabThera) the first time round in case you get an allergic reaction.
Be careful with the steroids...be prepared to get a big crash in your mental state when you stop taking the Tabs in 5 days time. Best to warn your loved ones and get them prepared too.
If you feel a bit sick sips of dry ginger ale or traditional american creaming soda work very well, in fact anything with ginger in it is good.
Keep us updated and Good Luck
Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma
Finished six cycles of R chop 21 26th May 2008
Officially in remission 9th July 2008
Remission reconfirmed 1st October 2008
Remission reconfirmed 17th June 2009
Remission reconfirmed 7th June 2010
Remission reconfirmed 6th July 2011
Congrats - that's the longest one.
Keep on the anti-nausea
Do watch out for the steroids - I split my pill intake over 4 hours to less the "bouncing off the walls trip"
Lots of small high value meals should be easy on digestion which usually swings a bit. Smoothies ( frozen yogurt/milk based - not juice ) with banana's are easy on tummy and good value.
Sleep when and where you can...listen to your body.
Fatigue will likely come later so if going out on walks or bicycle etc do it in a loop around so you are never far from home and do take a cell.
It can come on incredibly hard.
As you get more chemo sessions in your uptake from food will decline so keep and eye on weight and energy as a result ( your team will weigh you ).
Keep a thermometer around as well...high fever is a deadly risk.
Good luck - the odds are stacked in your favour...been there, done that
I don't take all of them at once, I usually wake up at about 3 am for a pee. LOL I eat a cracker and take one. Then 2 with breakfast and 2 with lunch and I am done for the day. once I had to do a pred-pak and when I took the 5 I threw them up. So I knew I had to space it out with food. Some where on here I read about it and it clicked in my head.
It will be a very personal experience to you and your body. Strangely I never had any side effects from the steroids.
My Doc asked me to take all the tabs all together early in the day to avoid any sleep problems they can give you.
Glad it was on the whole uneventful. I hope for the side effects to be few and non problematic. Just watch out for infection and act on them if you suspect one.
It's all suck it and see.
Resoluteness Is The Vigour Of Sustainability (S. Rush July 2010)
Age 35 at diagnosis
Diagnosis 8th Jan 2010
Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma
1st Pet Scan - Negative
Stage - 1A (localised neck)
LDH - Normal
Bone Marrow Trephine - Clear
Chemo - 3 Cycles R-CHOP 21 (finished 16th March 2010)
Radiotherapy - 15 Sessions (finished 6th May 2010)
My Story So far http://www.wildrossendale.co.uk/non-...-lymphoma.html
2 Years out of treatment and cancer free 07/05/2012
I too never had any side effects from the steroids (except that they increased my appetite). My doc also told me it was best not to split them up and to take them early in the day.
Hope you're feeling alright so far!
30yo female (27 at diagnosis)
Mediastinal Large B-cell Lymphoma
Started six cycles of R CHOP 21 on 8th Jan 2010, completed 23rd April 2010
4 weeks of daily radiation, started on 18th May 2010
First clear PET scan 5th August 2010!
2 years cancer free June 2012!
My blog: http://dlbcljourney.blogspot.com/