Cancer Survivor Story - Marcus Ellis - Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Did Lymphoma Drug Turn Me Into an Oven?
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In December 2007, I had Zevalin for relapsed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A couple weeks after infusion, my abdomen and chest and back have had a warm sensation on the inside, like a heating pad. I call it my easy-bake oven. I often have low-grade fevers. What is causing this warm sensation? I'm guessing it might be the decaying of cells being destroyed. What info do you have? My doctor hasn't heard of this side effect. Thank you.
I also have not heard of these types of symptoms related to Zevalin (ibritumomab). If they persist, it may be worthwhile to undergo repeat evaluation of your lymphoma to make sure it has responded well to the Zevalin.
Zevalin is one of two radioimmunotherapies currently available for treating non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. These therapies use a radioactive substance attached to a monoclonal antibody. When the antibody targets the cancer cell, a dose of radiation is given as well. The idea behind this method is to deliver the radiation in a limited, precise way in order to limit the overall side effects to the patient.
The main side effect of Zevalin is a reduction in blood cell counts. Other temporary side effects are related to giving the drug by infusion, and include chills, fever, sore throat and nausea.
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