• Has anyone followed R-CHOP with a course of radiation?

    Asked by Sofi on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    Has anyone followed R-CHOP with a course of radiation?

    How did the radiation for for you? Easier or more difficult than R-CHOP?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • debbie1951's Avatar

      I had involved field radiation therapy, (25) treatments, following (4) rounds of R-CHOP chemotherapy. My diagnosis was DLBCL Stage 1, age 57 at diagnosis.
      The actual radiation treatment itself is painless, quick, and easy. The only part that bothered me was the porous mesh mask & oral tongue mask. But, none of this was painful or even uncomfortable, just a little unnerving. The side effects of radiation were uncomfortable, but the mouth wash and skin lotions were wonderful. Clinically, R-CHOP therapy plus radiation therapy is commonly performed for patients with limited stage diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. My oncologist recommended this aggressive treatment plan. This link shows the study results: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20713859
      This study showed significant improvements in OS and PFS among patients who received consolidation RT after R-CHOP chemotherapy for DLBCL.

      over 8 years ago
    • AmyC's Avatar

      I had 6 rounds of RCHOP which took me from stage IV to stage I and we discussed radiation to the spot in my hip that did not totally go away. I guess we waited to long discussing the radiation now or having a bmt consult to possibly harvest stem cells and then doing the radiation because my hip started hurting again. I had a PET scan and the spot in my hip had grown a little bit which was enough for my oncologist to say we needed to do 3 rounds of RICE to shrink it down and if it worked we would proceed with the BMT. It did reduce it almost to nothing so we went ahead with the BMT using my own stem cells (since the radiation to part of my hip would damage my marrow too much to use my own stem cells). Now that that is over with I am going to do radiation sort of as a "let's make sure it's really gone" in the next month. Doc said it would be very easy with very minimal side effects, basically just skin irritation at the spot. I guess the possible side effects depend on where you are having the radiation done??? Let me know how yours goes! :)

      over 8 years ago

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