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Drugs cost running total Jan – Feb 2013

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Thank God for the NHS

PAD Cycle 2 February 20th 2013 UCLH Cancer clinic

My fist cycle of PAD finished last week and PAD cycle 2 started yesterday. A cycle is around a month so I’m into week 5 of the 8 weeks of treatment.

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In cycle 1 I’ve had mild only mild side effects and apart from a bit of tiredness in the afternoonsDexamethasone only mild passages of nausea and no actual sickness. I’ve had some mild neuropathy but noting dehabilitating. My hair has dropped like a Christmas tree’s needles on boxing day but I was expecting that.

Aside from afternoons, I’m or less working as normal.

For the uninitiated PAD is a treatment protocol consisting of 3 chemo and steroid drugs: adriamycin, velcade and dexamethasone. Dex is a steroid which I take in huge doses over the first few days of treatment. It turns you into a bit of a nutter by turns gregarious and hypersensitive (dex rage).

You don’t get much sleep.

Expect lots of late night posting.

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Weekly drug data consumption and costs, February 15th 2013

 

Velcade 3.5mg vial injection: cost: £762.38

Lansoprazole 14 mg tablets: cost £0.46

Co-trimoxazole 6720 mg tablets: cost  £1.76

Aciclovir 4200 mg, tablets: cost £03.12

Allopurinol 2100 mg, tablets: cost  £0.26

Domperidone 560 mg, tablets: cost £03.47

Total drugs cost for this week: £771.45

Thank god for the NHS.