If the Rituximab is supposed to eliminate your B-Cells then it should be measured exactly that way. Ask your doctor to perform a baseline test to determine you B-Cell (CD20) count prior to your first infusion. A follow up test should be done at the conclusion of each treatment cycle to measure the decrease in your B-Cells. Remember, it may be necessary to have several cycles to eliminate these cells but the best way to check is a simple blood test.
Along with this B-Cell baseline test, it is recommended that your physician performs a thorough pre-treatment screening including:
Your Medical History – Any history of cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, recurring infections or allergies.
Physical Examination – Review all medications and possible contraindications.
Other tests should include; Chest X-ray, routine blood test, Hepatitis B screen, and immunoglobulin levels
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