Monday, October 26, 2009

Chemo begins

The drug fludarabine is indeed, as I indicated in the last post, administered once a day for five days. Then there is a four week break and then another five day regimen, repeated until six (!!) regimens have been administered. That's a total of six months! Wow! I was naive enough to think two months to get the rituxan done was a bit much.

The good news, if there can be any, is that the treatments take just about an hour. I keep my IV needle inserted for three days so I am not punctured anew every day. After Wednesday's treatment, it is removed and a fresh one is inserted on Thursday, which remains until Friday's treatment is finished. I am starting to have needle tracks!

So far, there are no side effects at all. I feel just perfect. I hope I am not exposing my naivety yet again.

Here is a description of the new drug:


  1. So far no side effects? Yippppeeeee! i am pulling for you, Bill.

  2. Yeah keep that up with the no side effects! I'm going to call you tomorrow afternoon.
    Love and strength!! XOXO