Velcade & Doxil Update

I’ve been on Velcade & Doxil since January now, so it’s time for another update. There have been a few cycles during which I missed a dose because of a rash, shingles and a trip to Mayo.

I’ve tolerated Velcade & Doxil quite well, with the exception of the skin problems. I also have a problem with the skin on my hands, which we think comes from the Doxil (HFS). Last Friday when I had treatment, I tried a suggestion from on of my doctors. During the infusion, I held an ice pack in each hand. They call this regional cooling, and more information can be found here:

http://doxil.com/optimize_treatment/managing_side_effect.jsp

What happens to me is that the skin on my hands splits open and the result is soreness and ever-present bandaids.

During my treatment, I receive some IV dex and benadryl to help lessen the hives (rash) that appeared after my second cycle. Since I started having the premeds, the hives have been practically non-existent.

I also have Anzemet, an anti-nausea drug. I’m not really sure that I need it, but I don’t want to find out. I think the Anzemet may be responsible for a headache I get the night of treatment. When there are so many things being pumped into your vein, there’s no way to be sure.

So far, the drug combo has worked for me. My IgA and m-spikes are still not in the normal range, but my bone marrow biopsy indicates that the % of plasma cells is down to 6.2%, and it was 30% last fall after Rev/dex (20% BEFORE Rev/dex).

I plan on staying with this regimen while I think about SCT and other things, and hope that it continues to work (even slowly) while I ponder.

3 Comments

  1. sunshine

    Our very best wishes, Beth. Glad you found Mayo Clinic to be a good place. Wishing you healing for your hands.

  2. Sam

    I’m about to start this treatment combo and would like to know if you did the SCT? I know it was 3 yrs ago. I’ve been on Rev/dex but it’s not working fast enough for me or my docs.

    Thanks.

    • Beth

      I did do the SCT at the end of summer, 2007. A treatment doesn’t really have to work fast to be enough. If it keeps you stable and you don’t have symptoms, that could be enough. That’s sort of how I dealt with my MM the first 5 years. The SCT was the first thing that really knocked it back for me.

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