Revlimid, an expensive chemo capsule. Revlimid is shipped to the home of the MM patient, from a pharmacy distribution center.
It took one week, and multiple phone calls, to get the drug approved and finally shipped. We were told that the drug, which had been prescribed by Bob's oncologist, had to be approved by Medicare, the FDA, and a group of doctors. It has been one week since his oncologist ordered this drug; my husband has cancer and someone who has no knowledge of his health situation is making a decision about his medication! Needless to say, I forgot my "southern raising" and gave my "opinion". (And, I couldn't help but wonder what would transpire once the Obama Healthcare plan is in place.)
The package arrived, and upon opening, we read the warning at the top of the med pack: 'Caution - Chemotherapy. Handle with gloves.' So, he can ingest......he just shouldn't touch! (We don't put on gloves, but we do "dump" it onto a napkin....and he picks it up that way.)
I, very carefully, read the list of side-effects, and couldn't help but wonder which one he'd be having! The Revlimid is taken daily in conjunction with 40 mg. of Dexamethasone, which is taken weekly. The Dex has already begun to cause swelling in his feet, and his hiccups are back. Revlimid can cause bone pain, rash, blood clots, low white counts, low platelets, fatigue, and probably so many other things. There have also been many articles on the possibility of 'secondary cancer', caused by Revlimid. I just don't let my mind go there! I think I finally have him convinced to tell me if he feels any changes, in his body.
We can deal with the side-effects, if the Revlimid can deal with the cancer!