Apparently the traditional protocol for non-hodgkin’s lymphoma is something called R-CHOP. There is a new, better protocol that has been tested with good results called R-B which is what my doc wanted me to have. The insurance company disagreed. Seriously. They did! Who’s surprised? No one, right?? Well, I can tell you who won out – my doc. The amazing Davey Daniel! Finally, yesterday morning, after numerous phone calls and a one-day delay, the treatment was approved.
I will receive a chemo cycle every 4 weeks, and it will be spread over a two-day period each time. The first day will always be a longer treatment and the second day will be a shorter version. This will go on for anywhere from 4-6 months. I will go for labs each Monday so that can take a look at what the chemo is doing to my blood and make any adjustments that may be necessary. I will see the doctor every 4 weeks when I go for treatment unless I have a problem in between.
I could not be more pleased with this doctor or the chemo nurses. Truly fantastic people with such genuines hearts for their patients. I am absolutely confident I am receiving high quality care with a heavy dose of compassion thrown in the mix.
I plan to update this blog with information about treatment and how I’m feeling for anyone who is interested. That way you don’t have to get bombarded with all the nitty gritty details if you don’t care to know the little stuff. I’ll still try to email the big, major news as I receive any of it – something like I’M IN TOTAL REMISSION!!! – which I hope to be able to send out in a few months…. All three of you who will probably be reading this (haha!) are welcome to post replies so that I know you are reading! ha ha
Love you all very much! Thanks for taking this journey with me.