I started FCR for cll earlier this year as my WBC was just rising so fast. Im only 45 so it was inevitable that i would need treatment at some point.Because i had lots of little masses my Onc thought it best to start a little early so they didnt become bulky. Also my submalinder glands were getting quite large and i couldnt hear as they were pressing on the ears.
After the first round my blood count was back to normal and the glands had drastically shrunk. Since then all my tests have been in a normal range and none of my masses are visible. Im having a scan now as ive done session 3 and the plan is if the scan shows there is only residual mass then we do 1 more session and stop at 4. However the Onc has said this would be MY choice to make as all the data comes from 6 rounds. But with my bloods being normal from the first treatment he doesnt want me to have chemo for the sake of it and increase my risk of secondary cancer, but then again he has warned me that it might not have killed the cancer in the bonemarrow. He has offered a bonemarrow biopsy.
I dont want to stop too early and be back in chemo before i know it but on the other hand i know at my age this wont be my only chemo so i dont want to risk having more than i need.