Saturday, March 7, 2009

Facts and Figures

I wanted to sort of summarize my disease and treatment for those who might be interested (these are the kinds of things I wanted to know about others' experiences when I was starting treatment):

My cancer: Primary Mediastinal Large B-Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
Diagnosed: September 22,2008 (biopsy)
My Chemo: CHOP-R 14 (C=Cyclophosphamide (or Cytoxan)), H=Doxorubicin, O=Vincristine (or Oncovin), P=Prednisolone, and R=Rituxin) every two weeks.
Started: October 1, 2008
Hair Started falling out: October 21 (three weeks after first chemo)
Last Chemo: December 9, 2008
Total number of rounds: Six
Antinausea cocktail: Lorazepam, Compazine, and Kytril for three days post-chemo
White blood cell booster: Neulasta (blood levels never dropped)
Eyebrows and Lashes started falling out: December 2 (nine weeks after first chemo)
Eyebrows and Lashes completely gone: January 14, 2009 (started growing back immediately, and almost completely grown in in three weeks)
Hair Started growing back: January 14, 2009 (five weeks after last chemo)
Rate of hair growth: 1/2 inch a month
Radiation treatments: Proton Therapy
Number of radiation treatments: 20
Started radiation: January 5, 2009
Finished radiation: January 30, 2009
Favorite head covering/hat site: www.headcovers.com

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Molly,
You need to add:
Wed., March 4, 2009:
"The report showed that there was ABSOLUTELY NO CANCER left in my chest."

I am so, so happy for you. Praise and thanks be to God. You have been an inspiration to me....THANK YOU. God bless you, Nia

Nette53 said...

Molly:

I've been following your blog and was thrilled to read the latest news that you are "CANCER FREE!". Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow.

Steve said...

YIPEEE!!!!!!! CANCER FREE!!! It just keeps getting better. I'm so very happy for you and your family. Life is GOOD!

wife.mom.nurse said...

Dear Molly,

Came by via McMama's blog frogger. This is my first time blogfrogging about and I am glad that I found you blog.

What a journey you are on. I am praying for you.

~Julie

Jenn said...

Yay for you!! You are such an inspiration. You have faced so many monsters and won. God bless you and your family.

jennifer said...

Wow. You are a very strong woman. Praise God for your cancer free diagnosis!