Second treatment went okay

October 28, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Tomorrow I’m going to have my third Rituxan treatment and the fourth and last one the week after that. Except for a very slight temperature after the first infusion I had no reaction whatsoever. Last week they did a blood analysis and my white blood cell count had not changed at all. I don’t know if that really means anything but I expected it to go down. Rituxan is supposed to get rid of B-cells which make up around 5% of the white blood cells in serum. There is no change in my symptoms so far but I think the myelin needs time to regrow. So I have not given up hope yet.

I wonder if it was a good idea to get the IVIG so close to the Rituxan. The oncologist thought it would give me extra protection against infection but what if it interferes with the Rituxan.

[B]Allaug[/B], somewhere you said that you noticed improvements pretty quickly. Was that after the first of your 4 monthly treatments or after the last one. What was interesting is the fact that you also received Fludarabin at the same time. This seems to be a chemo drug used for B-cell lymphoma which is my diagnosis for the underlying condition.