- doxil is liposomal doxorubicin, it's a milder form, sort of encased in fat globules. Less hair loss results, too.
- yes, they'd measure his ejection fraction beforehand to see if he qualifies, most accurately with a MUGA scan. Adria is a known HEART-KILLER. A person only can get a lifetime limited number of doses, legally.
- yes, those are OTC antioxidants. They likely ameliorate the damage from Adria, but don't lessen the efficacy of the drug.
- why is he accumulating fluid? Is it effusion from the lymphoma?
-every 3 weeks CHOP sounds like a greater interval than a younger person would get (every 1 week), so they're taking it easy on him
-most respond to CHOP. >90% IIRC
-Rituxan is as mild as you can get. It's also very interesting stuff. Imagine a huge number of tiny tiny little flags, that stick only into B-cells. The flags tell the body: kill this cell. So CHOP is like a shotgun which can harm lots of cells, but Rituxan only gets the B-cells.
Sally thankfully brings up the germ-free necessity, since the immune system gets so weakened. even get a new dish washing pad, e.g.
But, the issue of fatty/sugar food is very tricky. People with cancer and people getting chemo are disposed to blood clotting. As are elderly. As are those with reduced mobility. Is your dad getting an anticoagulant like enoxaparin (Lovenox)? A "single fatty meal" can kill. But wasting can also be so bad. There are appetite stimulants like Megestrol.
----- prednisone (the P in CHOP) causes fluid retention unless salt is restricted. prednisone can cause diabetes if high GI foods are not restricted. (Pred is given to ameliorate the effects of the cytotoxic drugs) ----------
make sure he drinks plenty of water throughout, especially in case of Tumor Lysis Syndrome
If you want to do all you can for him, then please take all of these words as sign posts and you can learn what you need
Good luck to your dad. Mine didn't make it... but he had a much worse form.