Treating CLL with RITUXAN plus FC chemotherapy
RITUXAN is given with FC chemotherapy for patients with CLL as an initial treatment or when the disease advances (relapse).
In this section:
- Get a RITUXAN overview. Learn how RITUXAN works with FC chemotherapy to find and attack the type of cell where CLL starts Go Now
- Learn about RITUXAN plus FC chemotherapy as an initial treatment for CLL. Find out how adding RITUXAN to FC chemotherapy may improve treatment results Go Now
- Learn about RITUXAN plus FC chemotherapy for CLL when the disease advances (relapse). Find out how adding RITUXAN to FC chemotherapy may improve treatment results Go Now
- Print a list of questions to help you discuss your RITUXAN treatment with your doctor Go Now
- Find out what to expect with RITUXAN treatment. Also, review important safety information Go Now
- Learn about staying on your CLL treatment—why it’s important to stay on your treatment if your doctor recommends it and how managing side effects can help Go Now
Read about one patient's experience
Received RITUXAN plus FC chemotherapy as an initial treatment for CLL
Just before I was diagnosed, my wife, Adrienne, and I both had the flu. We both had swollen glands—but mine didn’t go away. After a visit to my internist and a biopsy, we learned it was CLL. We were prepared for chemotherapy or whatever the treatment might be. But my oncologist said that it wasn’t time for that yet. We monitored my treatment, every 6 months for 3 years. Then, I started feeling exhausted, and my lymph nodes were getting bigger.
Adjusting to life with CLL
Up until that point, I kept living my life. For the most part—other than a swollen neck—CLL hadn’t really affected me. For those looking at me, no one could tell I was sick. Running is my passion, but as my disease progressed, I just couldn’t run anymore. It had gotten to a point where I needed treatment.
My doctor said RITUXAN with FC chemotherapy was the right treatment for me. The first treatment took several hours. But other treatments took less time. I still visit the doctor every 2 months and check for swollen lymph nodes at home. And I’m still a person who always wakes up in the morning thinking it’s a sunny day and another day of life.
Words of advice
Everybody is different. You’ve got to go to a doctor you trust. I think that’s the most important thing. And it’s also good to talk to somebody who has the disease—someone with a positive mental attitude.
Remember that results are different for different people.
This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor. Discuss with your doctor any questions you have about your medical condition or your treatment.