The therapy is called CHOP-R. CHOP-R stands for the drugs I take, which are C = Cyclophosphamide H = Doxorubicin O = Vincristine P = Prednisolone. The R stands for Rituximab, the newer designer drug that they start the cycle with.
The doctors are quite impressed with my strength, I have yet to exhibit typical signs of chemo, except for being tired. The worst of it for me was with Rituximab, where I experienced a mild allergic reaction of sorts - my skin itched and I felt a warmth in my chest. The rest of the drugs, well I never really felt them at all - it scared me to watch them pump it in, but I never really felt it - it was like a normal IV.
The only thing I like was the steroids - not anabolic mind you, they actually suppress my immune system, but the 'high' was there - the first night one them I was very very talkative, highly spirited, my gf said she hadn't seen me like that in some time (Then again, I may have had this the entire time we've beem together.)
I take the steroids until I tomorrow, then supposedly it'll suck as I'll come down some and be more moody and depressed.
Anyway, the treatment cycle is as follows:
Day 1: CHO & oral P
Day 2-5: Oral P
Day 6-21: Rest Days
Commence Next Cycle
So, by the second cycle, I should no more about what I can expect.
As it stands now, it's a lot of running to the doctor and doing tests to make sure things are working like they should - overall I'm in good spirits! I just need some more damn sleep! Argh!