Cytoxan/Kyprolis/dex knocks me out on infusion days
As a titillating tease for an upcoming series of posts, I met for an hour and a half with Mayo Clinic’s Head of Hematology this morning, Dr. Asher Chanan Khan. But that comes later. Today I wanted to update you about how I feel after completing my second day of therapy.
I received a message on Facebook today from a patient that was dreading her next two Kyprolis infusions. That’s how its done; back to back days. I understand her trepidation, since after completing my second infusion late this afternoon. I staggered home, fell into bed and slept over two hours.
Everything in my body was stiff–even my eyelids. I’m feeling a bit better now. Just hung-over. Piece of cake when compared to recovering from a stem cell transplant! But still no fun.
Yesterday’s Cytoxan probably didn’t help. Nor did the IV Benadryl. Not sure if anti-nausea drug they used makes me sore or sleepy, too. Probably.
CCd. That’s the acronym Dr. Chanan-Khan gives Cytoxan, Kyprolis (carfilzomib) and dexamethasone. One thing all of the specialists I consulted agree on: this should work. But for how long? Its what comes next where everyone disagrees as I try to stay one step ahead of my cancer.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat