Hi Soapy–why only half a dose?

January 27, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Hi Soapy,
I am at the end of my rope.
Three of my doctors on my team have told me I am dieing.
Three summers ago, 2 of the doctors told me I had about 2 years left.
That’s when I went on Cytoxan.
I have been on it for almost 3 years, and my neuro told me last spring, he thinks the Cytoxan added another 2 years.
I had failed at the normal protocol of treatment for CIDP: IVIG, steroids, plasmaphereses, and immunosuppressants.
Ah-but the Cytoxan come with it some bad side-effects–it’s just about wipe out my bone marrow.
So, I had my last Cytoxin on 20JAN.
Now my rheumatologist, (who was in charge of my chemo), in conjunction with a talk with my neuro, told me I have to stop Cytoxan.
And onto the absolute last drug possible–Rituxan.
They rushed through an appointment with an Oncologist–I see him tomorrow, 28JAN.
I just read over the last 3 days, the 50-page post on Rituxin. I got a lot of questions for the doctor that I have been listing down.
Is there anything you can suggest me to ask?
Also-why did you only get a half of a dose?
Can you fill me in on some stuff, (though I have been researching on Rituxin for the past week) ?