I’m at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center (RMCC) in downtown Denver for my 9th round of chemo starring Cytoxan (Cyclophosphamide) and Etoposide (VP-16). I’ve had them both before. The former is an alkylating agent derived from mustard gas and the latter is a topoisomerase inhibitor.
This is a three-day bout to mobilize my stem cells for collection in a week or so. I’ll be on an hydration pump for the next 24 hours as well as a second pump for Mesna to help protect my bladder. When given in high doses, Cytoxan breaks down to produce acrolein, which is toxic to the bladder. Mesna binds to and inactivates it, preventing or reducing organ damage.
I’ve been very impressed with the people and procedures at RMCC. They do over 200 transplants a year and really know their stuff. I’m in very good hands. I have a private room, attentive nurses and WiFi, plus my sweetie is with me.
What more could I ask for?