• Has anyone experienced the R-CHOP chemotherapy treatment? I will start my first session this week.

    Asked by Asia on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Has anyone experienced the R-CHOP chemotherapy treatment? I will start my first session this week.

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    21 answers
    • stanleycuplikr's Avatar

      I am currently undergoing the R-CHOP chemo I have had 4 treatments so far. I have an appointment for the next one on the 26th of this month

      almost 10 years ago
    • Traci's Avatar

      My husband underwent the R-CHOP treatment. He was diagnosed in late March and started chemo in April. Went every 3 weeks. He was scheduled for 6 rounds but only did 4 due to the side effects. I'd have to say round 1 and 4 were the absolute worse. Round 2 seemed to be the easiest to tolerate with very little chemo side effects. However #3 was a bit rougher and round #4 just about did him in! Lots of nausea, vomiting, hair loss, tingling in his finger tips, fatigue, etc. The first round lasted 6 hours, but the other 3 took only about 4-5 hours. Now he's debating about going back and finishing the last 2 rounds or seeing if there's an alternative to the R-CHOP.

      over 9 years ago
    • joyce508's Avatar

      I had 4 treatments of R-Chop that were 3 weeks apart.The chemo was given through a port that was in my chest,and because of my fear of needles I was given adivan I didn't have any bad side effects while receiving each drug but I did get like hot flashes from one and felt hungry from another.I noticed after each treatment my side effects stayed pretty much the same day 2 I was fine day 3-6 I was tired but ate a lot due to steroids.My stomach would bother me a little but I was fine after I took meds the doctor gave me,I had my self pity days that I would cry not because I had cancer but because cancer was changing the me I knew..The following days my feet and ankles would swell and burn I would also have days that I would get a pain in my lower back that came on fast and was so painful I had to sit before I would fall.I was hot most of the time after my 3rd treatment I started having trouble remembering things and my leg pain has gotten worse the doc said I have nerve damage and only time will tell if it will get better.My chemo is done now .It was hard at times but you can get through this stay strong,pray,and have faith,think positive,except help when it is offered ,

      over 9 years ago
    • Beverly's Avatar

      I'm just now getting on this site so please be patient with me.
      I had my 6th treatment via a port on 11/18. I have them every 3rd Friday. They dose me up also with Ativan and Benadryl to keep the N/V down and to help prevent allergic reactions. (That's what they told me.)
      My fingers started getting the numbness after the 2nd treatment. The Vincristine was withheld for 2 treatments and now I'm getting it again at 1/2 strength.
      Some of my hair started to fall out out 3 weeks after the 1st treatment so I cut it all very short. It continued to fall out more than normal for the next 2 months then it just quit falling out so much.
      My biggest side effect is the aching and bruised feeling. It will start 5-6 days after chemo and last 5-6 days. My whole body feels very achy like I have the flu (except worse) and it hurts to touch any place on my body like I am one massive bruise.
      After 5-6 days the aches and bruised feeling just go away. Till next round!
      Sometimes, I can see myself getting "stupid" - I find that I forget things, or I can't concentrate like I used to.
      My doctor tells me to not be hard on myself - I'm getting chemotherapy.
      The 1st PET scan after 4 treatments showed tumor more than 50% gone and remaining tumor is hardly glowing so it's worth every bit of the pain, and tears.
      Prayers and try to remain positive
      I will be having another PET scan on the 7th so I'm praying for good results as I will for you.

      over 9 years ago
    • ejonespw's Avatar

      I am currently goin threw r chop for me it has not been. Bad as far as I see I take treatments well eat threw them while I am there can't seem to get enough to eat while doin chemo than get hungry from steroids depression my big one keepin it all I don't want my family to know how it feels some time no pain loss of energy and feeling in fingers makes me little foggy headed or maybe was already like that talk about to friends if you can it will help wish I would some times don't want to make them worry about me a lot goes threw a persons head when they deal with this you are in my prayers be good to yourself and try to keep busy do things for others peace to u

      over 9 years ago
    • matilda61's Avatar

      I was previously treated for CLL/low-grade b-cell lymphoma. This past week, I was hospitalized for diffuse large b-cell lymphoma. Two large lymph nodes were found near my heart. I had two needle biopsies of the nodes, a BMB and I had a port installed while hospitalized. Also had my first R-CHOP. I was given a Neulasta shot on Sunday and now experiencing bone aches, but tolerating chemo pretty good so far. My previous chemo was FCR, so I don't know how my body will react to R-CHOP.

      Dr is agreeable to postponing second treatment because I had a pre-planned, much-needed, vacation planned.

      over 9 years ago
    • Sherribelle39's Avatar

      I went through 6 rounds of R-CHOP. I had so much meds i didn't get sick at all through my treatments. I did have the achy feeling especially with the neulasta shot. I was diagnosed a little over a year ago with Large diffused B cell NHL.

      about 9 years ago
    • dejay2012's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma on 4/26/12 I have had 2 rounds of Rchop treatment. My first round my white blood cell count dropped to 0.4. I got very nutrapenic and really wore down. I have never thrown up or got sick. Just very tired. I just had my 2nd round of RCHOP on 5/22/12 had the Neulasta shot but no side effect to that Iyet. How long before the bones start aching? Has anyone gone through the stem cell replacement? I to find myself forgeting things and find it hard to concentrate on things. I am a very good speller, but not as of late, I have to keep asking my wife how to spell the simplist words, very irratating. Any advice anyone can share with me, I will surely listen.

      about 9 years ago
    • 123wayne's Avatar

      Hi Asia, Hope your treatmet went well. My treatment with R-CHOP went well. I also had a stem cell transplant following my three months of chemo. There is a cure. I was diagoned February 2011 and on March 15,2012 a PET scan showed that the cancer was gone. God is awsome.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Nhiggins' Avatar

      I had this too. The treatments were long and I was OK until I few days after the infusion session. After that I went downhill until it was time for another session. You will find a routine after your second treatment - the good and bad days. I felt sick after the first treatment but it gradually was replaced with fatigue.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar

      After my first treatment, I became neutropenic and developed an infection as a result. After I recovered from that, minimal problems. I got treatment on Monday On Tuesday I went to the hospital to get a Neulasta shot, then treated home physical therapy patients all day, then went to band practice at night and played a clarinet. I did have mild diarrhea the following Friday and weekend but minally affected functioning.
      Zevelin or Bexxar are better treatments for follicular lymphoma and are now being used as first line treatments. I had a 34 month remission with Zevelin used as a second line treatment. Others have had five years or more. However, there is a problem. They may not be manufactured much longer because they are not used very much, and the reson they are not used much is because as radioactive drugs they must be administered by a nuclear medicine doctor which means a university medical center. Community oncologists do not want to refer patients to university centers, so that is why they are not used much. These drugs are targeted therapies meaning they only go after cancer cells, not normal cells, and therefore, there are no side effects. The whole treatment takes about two weeks as opposed to six months for R-CHOP. I recommend you talk to your doctor about this. And unless you are having severe symptoms, you have time.

      almost 9 years ago
    • webbsurvivor's Avatar

      That was the therapy my husband 52 received. It did not make him nauseated as they gave him anti-nausea drugs with the chemo. I did not know they have different levels of strength of chemo. i think he needed a stronger dose as he didnt lose much hair or have nausea, he even continued to work, but he ultimately lost his fight with large b cell non hodgkins. I am torn on this issue as you do not know your future but i believe that anything is worth suffering through if it means you survive.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Survivor87's Avatar

      Hey there, I had CHOP chemotherapy about 6 years ago and my treatments were three weeks apart. I had 6 sessions at the time and it was rough. Just make sure to stay on top of the nausea medicine. Take it before you go to the treatment and have someone take you there and take you home. It is scary going into it but I have been in complete remission for 6 years now and doctors consider me cured. I lost all of my hair but got wigs before going into it so I was somewhat ready. Being bald and 19 was not fun but all my hairs grew back and it is very long and shiny, so it will come back. I wanted to quit treatment after 4 times because I did not want to do it anymore, but my family made me go. I am so glad I did not quit, I may not be here now if I did. Take lots of vitamin c too and drink lots of water. It helped me for sure. Organic fruit home made shakes really helped when I was warm from fever, you can do it.

      almost 9 years ago
    • ceme's Avatar

      I did a similar therapy called HYPERCVAD. U will experience low blood counts which makes u susceptible to infections. Keep hands clean and rest as much as you can after treatment. U may feel great the first day of chemo as symptoms seem to appear two to three days later. Good news....this treatment is worth the process!!! I am in remission and feeling great. I learned to wash my hands all the time and use paper towels to open doors when I did go out for visits. It eliminated alot of fevers. I know you will do well.

      almost 9 years ago
    • pussinboots007's Avatar

      Dear Asia, I had 8 treatments of RChop for diffuse large B-cell high grade cutaneous NHL. That was back in January through June 2008. I tolerated the treatment very well except I put on nearly 2 stone, which I have only succeeded in losing with difficulty this year. The hospital want to see me once more in June 2013 after which they will cut me loose as cured. It is a very effective treatment and not too unpleasant when one considers the alternative. Chin up and good luck.
      Gerald Harris Cardiff UK

      almost 9 years ago
    • Terry15's Avatar

      Dear Asia, I was diagnosed Oct 12 with Large B cell NHL and have had 3 Chop R treatments. I have to bless my parents for my strong constitution as I have had no side nausea side effects after treatment (1 in hospital, 2 in office). I have experienced several neurological side effects which will be checked out this week: novacaine like numbness in lower lip and jaw, some hearing muffling and ringing in ears (but that could come from lasix I take for another illness), dry lips (after 3rd chemo) and some vision blurriness. Because of these neurological issues I may have an
      ommaya reservoir inserted in my head very soon so chemo can be introduced into central nervous system. I had a picc line and that was replaced with port last week. Wish the port would have worked for chemo but ommaya may be the right way to get drugs. Good luck with your treatment. Keep busy during infusion - puzzles, tv, ipad, games, talk with people; take all the support offered. Hardest thing I have found is asking for help since I have always been "the giver"
      You are in my thoughts and prayers.

      over 8 years ago
    • emnurse73's Avatar

      I had R-CHOP chemo treatment 6 rounds for Lg B cell NHL primary of the bone in the spine stge IV. Side Effects (Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)): Remember every one is different. I did not expect any side effects just because some one else had it -just accepted what came and kept going. It could have been so much worse so I am very thankful. Some of the side effects were Hair loss, pain, nausea, low white blood cell count, fatigue, constipation, taste changes, stomach pain, thinking changes, cough, Shortness of breath, fatigue, flu like symptoms. Don't let the side effects scare you because the disease is so much worse. Your attitude has the biggest impact on your recovery I believe. I live alone and keep doing all my daily things-maybe sometimes slower but I did them. Still did my own shopping and found time to go places and enjoy life on the some better days- not just survive. I did not want to be dependent and lose my muscle after treatment "don't use it - lose it". I kept active with games on line and mental stimulation even though at times I had "chemo brain" a little problems with the thinking process. That has all cleared up now. I did need to get a pacemaker and had some healing problems after having a tooth pulled due to the Zameta. But I am here- I have enjoyed the 2 years since with my children, grandchildren, friends and my co-workers ( I am a nurse)-God still has a purpose for me.

      over 8 years ago
    • Trucker48's Avatar

      My husband was diagnosed with Large B Cell Lymphoma-stage IV in January 2013. Treatment R-CHOP chemo every 3 weeks -- 6 treatments. Done very well initially -- he worked through first three months with hardly any side effects--took meds for side effects which worked well. Hair came out about 2 weeks after 1st treatment. Got PET after 3 treatments and 90% gone. Around end of April he developed pneumonia and was in hospital about a week. Came home with oxygen about a week and then went back to normal activity... working, etc.

      Another side effect was tingling in toes, but oncologist took him off one of chemo meds after 3rd treatment to prevent nerve damage in feet. Still have tingling in toes sometimes.

      Unfortunately, early this month (June) developed pneumonia again--not sure if he was really gone from first time because it came back more severe. In hospital 2 weeks this time, just got out last week and been on oxygen a week, but much better now. This is not to scare you but just take it slow and don't try to do everything you always done. Although my husband took extra care in eating right, I think he should have cut back on working so much (he's a work-a-holic). Got a false sense of security since he was doing so well earlier.

      He only has one more chemo treatment, but has to be fully healed from pneumonia before they will do last treatment. We're confident that he will fully recover. He is now staying off work for about a month until he's fully recovered from pneumonia and until after last treatment... we are focused on getting his immune system strong again.

      God Bless you in this journey... remember to eat healthy and get plenty of rest.

      about 8 years ago
    • cats' Avatar

      I had six chemo treatments R-Chop and surprised myself how well I was able to get through it. It was the 3 and 4th treatment that my white blood cell count bottom out. I had an excellent Dr. and he knew what to prescribed to get me well enough for the next two treatments. Hair loss was within three weeks of the first treatment. With the support of family and friends I was able to endure whatever came in my path. It will be one year 09/06/2013 my last chemo treatment. In March of this year 2013 I was diagnosed with thyroid Pappilary carcinoma totally unrelated to the B-Cell lymphoma. Keeping fingers crossed I stay cancer free

      about 8 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar


      It has been awhile. I hope you are doing well. For those of you who are still interest in R-Chop chemotherapy treatment you might want to check out the following pages.




      I hope this helps.

      almost 8 years ago
    • GardenGail's Avatar

      I completed 6 rounds, 3 weeks apart, of R-CHOP for NH Large B Cell Lymphoma. I'm 68, had it all through one side of my abdomen, some in my chest, 2 tumors in my spleen and a bulky mass in the back between my kidneys. Stage 3-4 as it wasn't in the marrow, but there were changes in the bone. Not good odds for a cure at my age. After the 6 rounds we waited a month and did a PET scan which showed complete remission! My doc had prepared me for 8 rounds. I did a 7th round for insurance against it coming back, which it tends to do at my age and stage.
      My experience was this: The first three rounds were fairly easy, though I battled fatigue once the prednisone was stopped. Constipation the whole time. Take your softeners and Senna tabs! Then the week before the each round I felt pretty good. Those who say they worked during chemo cannot have jobs that are challenging physically or mentally. You will likely have bouts of fatigue and mental fog. Allow yourself the time to devote yourself to getting better. The first round, starting the 7th day, mouth sores began in earnest and they were AWFUL! Couldn't eat anything solid for 3 days despite the "magic mouth wash."
      This is what I did for subsequent rounds. First, I kept my mouth meticulously clean, using kids toothpaste and mouthwash without alcohol to avoid burning. Better, I got a heat-fomed mouth guard from the sports store. It kept my cheeks away from my teeth when I slept or napped. After that, I only had maybe one small one each round after that--no problem. Wonderful solution!!!
      Rounds 4 through 7 got harder in the sense that I was a little more beaten down, and had to spend one or two days mostly lying down, the 7th round, almost 5 days. I learned to be a slug and learned not to beat myself up for it. At the fourth round, bladder, intestinal, and vaginal irritation and sloughing became more pronounced. The bladder issue caused me to have to wear heavy pads as I just couldn't quite make it to the bathroom and it would begin within hours of chemo. At round 3 I had the oncologist reduce the Vincristine (Oncovin) by 25% and by round 6 50%, which he said is allowed as the dosage is flexible. This was also because the neuropathy in my fingers and feet was increasing. Frankly, I'm glad they started me on higher dosages as after round 1, I never had any discomfort. I also was fortunate that the only side effect I had during the chemo was a sinus headache during the Cytoxan. I brought little ice packs from home to put over my nose/eyes. By the way, the neuropathy and "lady parts" issue have lessened considerably 2 months after completing chemo. And I have over a quarter inch of hair now, no bald spots.
      The most important thing of all is DRINK WATER!!! Lots! It was easier for me to keep a 16 oz. glass by the kitchen sink and just chug it down at least 8 times a day rather than carry around a container and sip it. Good luck and keep remembering this nasty stuff actually goes away!!!

      almost 8 years ago

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