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Length Of Infusion Time?

Length Of Infusion Time?

Doctor says my day 1 infusion of Treanda will take six hours, then day 2, Rituxan is only 2 hours. How long did/does your infusion take? Six hours sounds really long.

A MyLymphomaTeam Member said:

I agree with everyone that they start slowly to make sure you are tolerating the drug well; lots of blood pressure checks.

The nurses at my clinic are the most amazing people. They never want to hurt you. When I was scared to death, they all told me what they were doing, and why, every step of the way.

When I started this process, I opted not to have a port installed, so the first time was more difficult. Again, after learning more, I did get a port installed. I wrote in my blog that whoever invented the port, should have won a Nobel prize. Anyway, lesson learned.

At my clinic, they have drinks (I asked for wine - ha), snacks and cozy warm blankets. I did bring a book and my Ipad.

I'm thankful and lucky that I didn't have many side effects from chemo and immunotherapy. They gave me benedryl and steroids. When I came home, I showered, ate, and slept for about three hours because I was drugged. The steroids interfered with sleep the first night after chemo.

Sorry this is a bit long-winded, but I hope you have a good experience for a crappy event.

posted over 2 years ago
A MyLymphomaTeam Member said:

Prep time. The infusion itself shouldn't take that long. The zofran takes 15 or 30 or 45 minutes depends on drip time. Then you have to take all the premeds and let the kick in then the rituxan. Rituxan is a strong med on the stomach

posted over 2 years ago
A MyLymphomaTeam Member said:

Depends how fast it can be poured in. I was allergic to Rituxan/Rituximaub
So on average my chemo took 8 hours on "slow drip"

posted over 2 years ago
A MyLymphomaTeam Member said:

Mine about 6rs

posted over 2 years ago
A MyLymphomaTeam Member said:

Yes it sounds long. I don't know about your treatment. When I had chemo, I brought a book, and as it went through lunchtime, I brought a sandwich or since it wasn't Virus time, my daughter/husband kept me company. The timeing (SP?) was fortunate. Praying you can cope with it all

posted over 2 years ago
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