Remembering my Cytoxan Pulse Treatments

"You were much easier to treat when you were 16."

So said my doctor when we were discussing options for my treatment during my last check-up. She was of the opinion that I need to go through the (Cytoxan) pulsing treatment again. I was the opinion that it should not interfere with my work schedule, if we really do need to do it. When I first went through pulse treatment in 1993-1994, I was only 15-16 years old, and so my mother easily committed me to the treatment. Now, I'm 33, working a high-tier role in an I.T. company, sole breadwinner for the family -- locking me down for a series of treatments meant checking my calendar, at a minimum.

Yes, it was much easier back then. The treatment was done in my doctor's office. We settled first for a much lower-priced medicine, Endoxan if I remember it correctly. I had nausea and gagged immediately after the treatment. We shifted to Cytoxan and it was all better. It was more expensive but there was less trouble after the sessions. I also got the hang of it. I knew I always had to hydrate myself the whole time, and it pays to have the I.V. drip water first for a considerable time before they put in the drug. It went on monthly for a year, then every three months, then every six months til the sessions were concluded.

To be very honest, I never thought I'd have to go through pulse treatments again. Anyway, it has to be done. Wish me luck.

No comments: