My Cocktail

This post is for those with a scientific curiosity. My first round of chemo is on Monday (7/24) and I wanted to create a summary of what is going in me. The plan is to remind myself what the drug is meant to do verse the nerves that I no doubt will be trying to squash. And who knows?! Maybe the mind-body connection will help it do its job even better?!

R-CHOP is what they call it:

R - Rituximab (this is a monoclonal antibody)
It targets what they call the CD20 antigen - which my cancer cells have.
They take animal and human proteins that are trained to attached to the targeted antigen of the cancer cell. This happens like a key fits a lock. Then the bodies natural immune system kills the marked B-cells.

C - Cyclophosphamide
Damages the RNA/DNA that tells the cell how to divide. If they don't divide they die. It can also induce cell suicide. *this chemo drug is meant to kill cells in the resting phase of the cell.

H - Doxorubicin (I assume this is the H because of some other name for the same drug)
This drug in the cancer world is called "The Red Devil"
It does the same as above. *this chemo drug is meant to kill cells in all phases
Works as an antitumor antibiotic
It comes from soil fungus (Steptomyces)

O - Vincristine or Oncovin
It does the same as above.
It is made from Periwinkle plant, Pacific Yew Tree, May Apple Plate, and Asian "Happy Tree"
*this chemo drug kills in all phases of the cell cycle. The plant alkaloids are cell-cycle specific. This means they attack the cells during various phases of division.

P - Prednisone
It decreases inflammation and nausea and helps with anemia
Alters the bodies normal immune system response
It encourages programmed cell death

27 responses to “My Cocktail”

  1. Julie Avatar

    Holding you in love and prayer.

    1. Dana Hendershot Avatar
      Dana Hendershot

      Thanks Julie!

  2. Diane Avatar

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers❣️

  3. Sue Avatar

    Been thinking of you (& all your people)🙏sending prayers/love💕

  4. Kathy Avatar

    We’re with you girlfriend. You can do this. Take it from your Uncle Jimmy. (and this crazy Aunt Kathy).

  5. Joann Avatar

    From what I remember from a few years back, it is hardest before the chemo begins (emotionally), and better once the treatment begins. At least that is what is was like for me. As always, keeping you in prayers!

  6. Mary Avatar

    Larry just had a second scope with biopsies and HE BEAT IT. You can too. We believe in you. SCREW CANCER.

  7. Kathy Avatar

    Continuing to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻 🤗

  8. Donna Varner Avatar
    Donna Varner

    dont’cha love knowing the science of it all? now, as to those emotions (“nerves”), feel them, but when you do, know that they are not in charge. Love you musing about the mind-body connection–it’s another resource to tap into. You got this. xo

  9. Amy Kocias Avatar

    Holding you up in prayer, Dana! Positive energy & thoughts heading your way!

  10. Jan Eversole Avatar
    Jan Eversole

    🙏🙏🙏 always. You’ve got this. Love you.

  11. Rebecca Avatar

    Take care, Dana, and I hope chemo goes smoothly.

  12. Nancy and Everett Emery Avatar
    Nancy and Everett Emery

    Not sure what is going on with you but keeping you in our prayers. We are friends of your mother and father. May the peace of the Lord be with you🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻


    I met you with the Harrimans…Jim shared this with me. You’ve got this girl, one day ata time. Ask for some anti-anxiety in the cocktail. It helped me!! Sw sing healing loving thoughts. People care about you more than you know ❤️

  14. Niklaus Schillack Avatar
    Niklaus Schillack

    You’ve been an inspiration all thirty-some years we’ve known each other. Way to R-CHOP cancer’s butt.

  15. Sue Avatar

    Pr. Dana, we’ll be praying really hard on Monday, cause we know what you’ll be facing, you were such a blessing to us when Brad started his treatments, we love you❤️

  16. Candy Robinett Avatar
    Candy Robinett

    Praying for you and sending much ❤️ love.

  17. Shirley Avatar

    Dana, I am praying & sending hugs everyday for you & your family. Just remember you can do this, and you are so special to so many people, including myself!!

  18. Julie Avatar

    Praying today goes smooth. You have lots of people in your camp, lifting you and your family in prayer. Love you!!!

  19. Terrie Zitzelsberger Avatar
    Terrie Zitzelsberger

    You’ve got this Dana! Sending prayers! While a martini or cosmo is more fun, this cocktail will do its job! Thanks for explaining the science,

  20. Terrie Zitzelsberger Avatar
    Terrie Zitzelsberger

    Hoping Monday went as well as it could. Thinking of you and sending prayers! While a martini or cosmo is more fun, this cocktail will do its job! Thanks for explaining the science,

  21. Barb dunn Avatar
    Barb dunn

    I think of you so often Pastor Dana and praying for complete and total return to health. Our God is an awesome God….but then….you know that🙄😂
    Barb dunn🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  22. Rose Prasad Avatar
    Rose Prasad

    Praying that all is going well for you and that the cocktail is doing its job!!!
    Remember to “Rejioce in hope, ENDURE IN AFFLICTION, and Persever in prayer.” May God grant you strength to endure. He is with you!!🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
    Romans 22:12

  23. Bernie Depra Avatar
    Bernie Depra

    We’ve been through our teens and twenties with smiles and grace, thirties we were apart so much but always close in spirit, 40s have been rocky but I know we’re both optimistic—even if we are scared—that we’ll get through all of life’s hurdles. I’m just incredibly proud of you and how you’re able to show people what is going on with your health in such a loving, honest and open way! You’ve been a role model to so many and continue to be one. Love you, I do. Praying for you, my whole family is.

  24. Blaine Avatar

    Thinking of you often and Grayson, Stacy, and I include you in our daily prayers. You’ve got God, family, and friends supporting you!

  25. Amanda (Bobo) Avatar
    Amanda (Bobo)

    Whether you realize it or not, you have made an incredible impact on my life and my faith. You are a dear one, Dana. You will beat this, and when you do, invite me to the after party. I’m sending all my prayers and love to you.

  26. Margaret Vredeveld Avatar
    Margaret Vredeveld


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