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    1st chemo treatment over!

    They put 50 oz of poison in my body today. It took 6 hours. I had a scratchy throat with the R and salmon colored pee with the red stuff. I am tired but whats new! I made it thru!!! only more to come.
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    Hi kayebadoe

    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
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    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
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    Thanks for the warning about after the steroids are done. I have already told my family sorry in advance.
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    It's not after - its during - there is an aggressive high and big time crash for some.

    I did not crash much but the high was off the walls.
    I understood very clearly why athletes get in trouble with them.
    Nasty beasts.
    Age 63 DHL Stage 2/3 CHOP+R x 6 >2/26/09 Complete 6/9 2009
    Diary here http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=12003
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    Radiation as a prophylactic measure. 1st Radiation Sept 9 completed Oct 1. 2009
    Cancer free 2012 and having fun http://www.gtamotorcycle.com/vbforum...-second-season 3 more appts to cure declared Sept 2013 - cancer free. Lots of travel photos here https://picasaweb.google.com/home April 2014 cance free and last appointment.

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    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.
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    Exactly - foods knocks the crazy off. No harm even splitting the twofers as long as it's within the time frame.

    You're on track.
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    Officially in remission July 9th 2009 3 rounds of Intrathecal July 29th
    Radiation as a prophylactic measure. 1st Radiation Sept 9 completed Oct 1. 2009
    Cancer free 2012 and having fun http://www.gtamotorcycle.com/vbforum...-second-season 3 more appts to cure declared Sept 2013 - cancer free. Lots of travel photos here https://picasaweb.google.com/home April 2014 cance free and last appointment.

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    Hi
    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.
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    LDH - Normal
    Bone Marrow Trephine - Clear
    Chemo - 3 Cycles R-CHOP 21 (finished 16th March 2010)
    Radiotherapy - 15 Sessions (finished 6th May 2010)
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    Remission 09/09/2010
    2 Years out of treatment and cancer free 07/05/2012

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    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!
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