CSN Login
Members Online: 3

You are here


What cancer patients, their families, and caregivers need to know about COVID-19.

Anything I can do about arm pain 3 weeks after first chemo treatment of Rituxan and Treanda

Posts: 8
Joined: Feb 2013

I am getting ready to do 2nd round in 2 days, I think I will switch arms, still a little nervous about getting a port

anliperez915's picture
Posts: 772
Joined: Sep 2011

Hi Stacy,

I don't have a port either, so my vains are in pretty bad shape. I've also had Rituxan but not treanda, and I've experienced some pain when getting the treatment. I feel it from my shoulder to my chest, I actually feel the medicine running through me and actually causing me some sort of burning sensation. I don't know if your pain is the same, I did mention it to my nurse and she did switch my arm for the next treatment, and also told me to tell her if the pain got to extreme to let her know. Not sure what would help you for your pain, I guess asking the dr or nurse (I haven't really done anything for my pain) just taking it easy for a couple of days. Hopefully the dr or nurse can give you a good tip thay you can share with us. Take care



Posts: 8
Joined: Feb 2013

Thank you

allmost60's picture
Posts: 3184
Joined: Jul 2010

Hi Stacy,

 I've had a power port since August of 2010 and haven't had any trouble what so ever with it. It makes blood draws and infusion treatments so much easier than going into a vein each time. I'm finished with all of my treatments and will still keep the port in for a few years in case I have a reacurrance. The surgeon that put mine in said it was guaranteed for 5 years. Some people love the port and others hate it and get it out as soon as poaaible. I hope you will consider getting a port...it will be so much easier for you. Try using a heating pad on your arm and see if that helps the pain. Best wishes with your treatments...Love...Sue


Posts: 8
Joined: Feb 2013

Hi where was your power port put, in your chest or arm?

onlytoday's picture
Posts: 603
Joined: Jun 2010



I had six months of Treanda/Ofatumumab.  (The Ofa is similar to Rituxan)  I am wondering what kind of pain you are talking about?  How bad is it?

I had them switch arms every three weeks.  Sometimes they switched arms on day two of the infusion, I would be so sensitive!  My doc won't let me have a port- I wanted one though! 

I'm thinking that you are experiencing the normal Bendamustine discomfort.  Hopefully they will work with you on switching arms and veins.  I found I didn't do very well leaving my line in overnight either - it got irritated.  So even though I liked the idea of not getting stuck again- it just didn't work for me.

I hope you feel better and  find a solution.  Keep us posted.  BTW: The disease literally RAN from the Treanda- VERY effective!  May you be blessed with the same results!




Dx 05/10 Nodal MZ NHL Stage IV

10/10 4rds Rituximab

06/12 6 rds Bendamustine/Ofatumumab  PR!

Max Former Hodgkins Stage 3's picture
Max Former Hodg...
Posts: 3411
Joined: May 2012

I cannot imagine doing long-term infusions without a port. Installing one is very fast and safe. I am unaware of any negatives associated with them.  It is much better for the small veins in the arm, and makes blood draws and infusions much easier, and painless.

Posts: 8
Joined: Feb 2013

Hi where was your port put?

Posts: 289
Joined: Jun 2012

Hi Stacy:

I get Rituxan infusions every six months, but have not had pain.  The mixture I get is:  two Tylenol, and steriods, along with Benedryl and the Rituxan.   (Steriods because I am allergic to Rituxan).


Three weeks later?  That is strange.


I hope it all goes better this time.




Posts: 8
Joined: Feb 2013

Thank you me too

Posts: 8
Joined: Feb 2013

Well I am set up for a venous port to be placed in my arm this coming Tuesday. I am a little nervous. When I told my nurse that i was nervous about a port being put in my chest she said to ask my doctor about a vital port put in my arm, so I called and asked the doctor and she said a venous port would work. I researched online and it looks to me that it runs into the same main vein into the heart. My question to everyone is where is your ports at and any problems sleeping or things every day things?

Posts: 8
Joined: Feb 2013

Also thanks so much for all the support it is much appreciated :)

Subscribe to Comments for "Anything I can do about arm pain 3 weeks after first chemo treatment of Rituxan and Treanda"