Hmmm. It sounds as if the infusion regimen is quite different for RA than it was for cancer.
It's amazing how it works for cancer: somehow it affects the cancer cells so that the chemo can penetrate them more easily, and zap them.
It's hard to know whether she had any side effects because the Rituximab would always be given in conjunction with the other chemos (four in all, if I remember rightly) and, of course, chemo makes you incredibly sick. I watched for side-effects, and I didn't notice any more than we usually get after Humira & Rem: more fatigue, some aches, things like that.
One thing I really noticed was how blase the chemo doctors & nurses were about
'mab therapy, as opposed to ours. I don't know what it's like in rheumie-world, but in gastro-world there's still a fair bit of anxiety about
using Rem, Humira etc and that, of course, makes us feel scared. I think the onco people have a slightly different perspective, given how toxic their other medications are.
Still, bear in mind that this was for cancer therapy. Maybe you'll be getting a different dose, and that's why they talk so much about
the potential side effects.
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