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Rituxin Maintainance

Budski1279's picture
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Joined: Feb 2007

I just finished my fourth Chemo session of R-chop and after a CAT and Pet scan I was told that I was cancer free. I have two more sessions of chemo and then my Dr. wants me to do maintenance treatments of Rituxin. Has anyone had this type of regiment and how did it go?

Lilly731's picture
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Joined: Aug 2006

Congratulations on the fantastic news!! My husband also finished Rituxan and CHOP for NHL and has started his Rituxan maintenance treatments. He goes every 3 months for 2 years for this. It is the same as the treatment he was getting but without the CHOP (chemo) part. He has had no problems at all and is working and has a very active lifestyle.

Best of luck to you!

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Joined: Mar 2007

if rituxin is all you need, god bless. this is the easiest chemo on the body, and can be done as out patient. please if you dont mind, do you have insurance? does it cover rituxan, if not, any co pays? how much do you spent out of pocket. thanks, geo.

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Joined: Mar 2007

I just finished my first maintenance rituxin and got my Pet scan results yesterday. They showed me free of any cancer. Had no problem with the rituxin at all.

Budski1279's picture
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Thank You for that info. I am just a little concerned about the long term use. I have two more chemo treatments of R-chop before the treatments of just Rituxin alone. Hopefully it keeps the beast at bay.

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Joined: Apr 2006

I had 6 rounds of CVP+Rituxan and have been on Rituxan maintenance since. My pet scan after 4 chemo's showed no cancer, but the 2 since are showing very small uptake, but when they tried to biopsy it in December were unable to find it. So currently changed schedule of every other month to once a week for 4 weeks. Seems like the Rituxan is holding mine off from getting worse, which is a good thing. Good luck with your treatment and congratulations on the clean scan.

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Joined: Jan 2005

Congratulations. My Wife has been on Rituxin Maintenance for about a year and a half now with very little problems. She goes in 1 day a week, for 4 weeks, in Feb and 1 day a week, for 4 weeks, in August for maint. She does get a little tired by the last couple of weeks, but no problems other than that. We usually go out and eat on maint days, after finishing the rituxin and then go home and have a glass of wine or two on the patio. Rituxin is a wonderfull thing.

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