My first chemotherapy treatment will be July 6th. I am having “dd M-VAC.” DD means dense dose. Normally, M-VAC consists of 4 treatments spread out over 12 weeks. With Dense Dose, the 4 treatments are given over 8 weeks. The DD is more effective. It is given to patients who they believe are physically capable of handling it. (Eileen believes that they classified me that way because I wore new jeans and a new shirt to the consultation – I believe it is because I like to chop wood.)
On July 6th, I will receive the “M” part of the treatment. It should take less than 2 hours. On the 7th, I will receive the “VAC” part. It will take more than 4 hours. On the 8th I get a shot to boost my white blood cell count (takes a few minutes). Eileen and I are attending a class on the 6th before the first treatment to learn what to expect and how to deal with whatever happens. Bon Appétit!