Well...First off I want to wish John a big Happy Birthday wish..I hope you are having a perfectly wonderful day. The best I can give you from my doctors appt is...I'm stable. I got the S word instead of the R word..ha! My blood work was ok, a little low in some areas, but nothing to worry about at this time. I was informed that I'll be starting my Rituxan maint on Feb.14th..once a month to be repeated every 2 months for the next two years. It appears the tumor in the Axillary & Supraclavicular Anatomy tested positive for existing disease, and is borderline in shrinkage...he said it's right at normal but with active cancer still present.He said we will keep a close eye on it..(wait and watch) Anyways..thats why he is starting right away with the Rituxan. He doesn't want me going for extended periods of time without the rituxan in me. By doing it this way he hopes the rituxan will stop any further disease progression in this one tumor, and also keep all of the other smal mm tumors from growing. My heart rate was a bit high in his opinion, so he wants to keep a close eye on it. I'll get blood work done every two months when I get my R-infusion and he will monitor my heart closely, since apparantly Rituxan can damage the heart and cause other heart related problems. Anyways...not bad news by far, and I'm perfectly fine with being "stable" as to "in remission". I kind of hoped to have a bit more time before starting the Rituxan maint, and of course would rather go every 6 months instead of every 2 months, but hey...we don't always get what we want...right? Right. Anyways...I think the overall picture looks ok and I'm fine with everything we talked about. He answered all of my questions and did a pretty good exam of my body..(didn't have to strip)whew, and just sat on the edge of the table..ha! Only had 3 hot flashes during the visit, so that was good! Well..we are heading out to get some diner, so if you have any questions..I'll check back in when we get home.
Love ya all...Sue (FNHL-2-3A-6/10)Stable (O: