I got my 700 milligrams of monoclonal antibody (Rituxan) at the clinic today in about a quart of sodium chloride and came home too tired to post until this evening.
“A monoclonal antibody is a laboratory-produced molecule that’s carefully engineered to attach to specific defects in your cancer cells. Monoclonal antibodies mimic the antibodies your body naturally produces as part of your immune system’s response to germs, vaccines and other invaders.” – Mayo Clinic
Monoclonal antibodies specifically bind to target cells and stimulate the patient’s immune system to attack those cells. Fortunately they don’t make the rest of you feel as bad as other chemo does.
Still, Rituxan isn’t a recreational drug I would recommend, especially at about $10,000 a dose.