In May of this year, I was diagnosed with Stage III CLL, and then a CLL specialist bumped that to Stage IV. In August, I started a course of monthly treatments with Gazyva and IVIg, and then 70mg of Leukeran at 15-day intervals.
In November I began itching with each round of Leukeran, and then the itch became a rash. Now I'm covered in what resemble first and second-degree burns from waist to face. The itch can get maddening, especially on my back, but they are beginning to heal.
The doctor prescribed a course of steroids (Prednisone) and antihistamines (Zyrtec) without looking at the rash, and I'm concerned that it might be symptomatic of other problems. Otherwise, I feel better, and my blood counts are improving, so I'm perfectly willing to tolerate the side effects.
Has anyone else experienced this side effect?