Dick Graves

First post: May 19, 2022 Latest post: Sep 28, 2022
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Dick has been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. He will have an infusion of Rituxan on Wednesday (5/18/22) as the first step in fighting this disease. Four treatments (one per week on Wed) are scheduled as 4-6 hour visits to a cancer center in Grand Rapids. I’ve pasted a couple of helpful links below from my quick internet search. Dad has the slow version of the disease which they expect has taken years to develop to this point. The treatment may help with his fatigue. Unfortunately, it will not help with his Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Mom is in good spirits and gearing up to support Dad in all this.

Please don’t call them on Tuesday morning (they have a breakfast event), or all-day Wednesday or Thursday. Mom is planning to call us all on Friday to let us know how it went.

Posted by David

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20352428

From the American Cancer Society: better, but less pleasant to read

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia/about/what-is-cll.html

Rituxan: Rituxan (rituximab) is a monoclonal antibody medication that treats different types of blood cancer. Rituxan is also an immunotherapy medication, meaning it helps make the immune system better at fighting cancer. Different Rituxan formulations and biosimilars are available.

Pulmonary Fibrosis https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/10959-pulmonary-fibrosis



 



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