Maintenance Rituxan

dixiegirl
dixiegirl Member Posts: 1,043 Member
From what my onc told me with this last relapse Zevalin would limit my options 10-15 years from now so that is why they really didn't think it was a good choice for me. He gave me 4 options. Watch and Wait, Zevalin (which he didn't recommend), some new chemo, and rituxan. I chose Rituxan and he agreed with me that was what he would do too. I wasn't whippy about chemo and we didn't really explore that option too much once he mentioned the Rituxan. I had almost no problem with the rituxan and honestly the familiarity with it swayed me.

Hope you come to a decision soon! Take care and congratulations!!

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  • britta
    britta Member Posts: 107
    Maintenance Rituxan
    Hi Dixiegirl,

    I'm undecided, waiting for my onc to send a copy of the June 2010 study on RM. I'm 69, and not in the best of health, so perhaps RM would be easier on me. But then like Mary pointed out, you take the Zevalin and a week later you're done, (hopefully)for a long time, however, the possible side effects scare me. Have you finished the RM or are you still taking it?

    Britta
  • COBRA666
    COBRA666 Member Posts: 2,401 Member
    britta said:

    Maintenance Rituxan
    Hi Dixiegirl,

    I'm undecided, waiting for my onc to send a copy of the June 2010 study on RM. I'm 69, and not in the best of health, so perhaps RM would be easier on me. But then like Mary pointed out, you take the Zevalin and a week later you're done, (hopefully)for a long time, however, the possible side effects scare me. Have you finished the RM or are you still taking it?

    Britta

    MAINTENANCE RITUXAN
    I am not familiar with the zevalin, but I did ask about it yesterday at the center when I got my 2nd round of chemo. One of the onc nurses told me they do not use zelalin because it is radioactive and it has been around about 5-6 years and as it stands now they still lean towards the rituxan as a maintenance drug. Like I was saying I am not familiar and am only relaying what they said. John
  • hlthcare_invstr
    hlthcare_invstr Member Posts: 1
    Zevalin limits options?
    Hi DixieGirl.

    I have not heard or read that Zevalin limits patient options.


    I wish you the best of luck dear!
  • merrywinner
    merrywinner Member Posts: 626

    Zevalin limits options?
    Hi DixieGirl.

    I have not heard or read that Zevalin limits patient options.


    I wish you the best of luck dear!

    Zevalin
    I received Zevalin in April of this year and I have not heard that either. I plan to ask my Hematologist when I go for my appt. at the end of the month. Starting to get anxious about up coming CT scan. Mary
  • COBRA666
    COBRA666 Member Posts: 2,401 Member

    Zevalin
    I received Zevalin in April of this year and I have not heard that either. I plan to ask my Hematologist when I go for my appt. at the end of the month. Starting to get anxious about up coming CT scan. Mary

    upcoming scan
    Mary,
    I know what you mean about upcoming scans making you anxious. I got one,my first coming up later this week. I feel confident,but it still makes you feel nervous. John
  • dixiegirl
    dixiegirl Member Posts: 1,043 Member

    Zevalin
    I received Zevalin in April of this year and I have not heard that either. I plan to ask my Hematologist when I go for my appt. at the end of the month. Starting to get anxious about up coming CT scan. Mary

    Wondering
    I am wondering if the comment about the options later have anything to do with this being my 3rd time around? Never know. I'll try to remember to ask him when I go for my treatment in September.

    If you ask before that please let me know.

    Thanks