I was just diagnosed with multiple myeloma and dr. Has prescribed Revlimid with Dexamethasone , but from what I read that combo can have horrible side effects, but people seem to get better results with Velcade and less side effect.
Hi Jo, I can only speculate but your insurance may not cover a more expensive therapy even if it is more effective. Your Doctor/Oncologist may have a list of medications he is authorized to prescribe. It doesn't seem fair but you will only find out for sure by talking to a clinical treatment nurse or the Doctor and asking: "please explain"?
Aunt Jo Ann, Good morning it is really hard to say why the doctor changed you could have something to do with what your blood is telling him/or her. One sure way is to just ask the doctor what is going on.And why the change in medications there could be a good reason but they fail to tell us. Give the doctor a call and just ask them what is going on.
I have been going through Chemotherapy so I can relate to how upsetting all the changes are. All my best to you.
Aunt Jo Ann; I have not taken these at this time, Remember not all side effects because they are listed mean you well get them we are all different. I was thinking also maybe the doctor has used these before and had better luck with the one over the other one. Sometimes what we read are not always accurate. But it is still worth asking the doctor why this treatment over the other one. I know it's tough enough without all the side effects.But before the doctor gives it see if its the insurance company saying one is not covered if that is a problem. but a good answer would be nice from the doctor. all my best wishes
Aunt Jo Ann, I was treated with both Revlimid (Rev) and weekly Velcade and Dexamethasone (Dex) - RVD cycle - for over four years, fortunately with minimal side effects and good lab results. As Chuck1957 said, we all respond differently to treatments: your oncologist believes this to be best plan for your type and level of disease, which can be adjusted up or down based on your tolerance. To help counteract the toxicity of treatment, diet changes are essential. Drink PLENTY of water to help kidneys - clear soups in cold weather counts - and daily exercise. Research foods and teas (no green tea). If you can, join a local MM support group for additional social support, advice and testimonies. Expect you've started on Rev and Dex by now: it is doable. Wishing you all the best on your journey, Blessed Butterfly.
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