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On treatment for CLL, lymphoma. Itchy skin, rash on chest, bumps when scratched. Due to lymphoma?

I am a female age 58. I am receiving treatment for CLL and lymphoma . My last wbc was great 4700. I am having a follow up scan next week to check for lymph nodes. I finished 6 months of Rituxan and Treanda. Now on maintenance Rituxan every other month. My problem is itchy skin all over - I have a rash on my chest where the thymus gland is. small red bumps when i scratch in other places. I itch all over morning and night. I don t see any burrows for scabies and benadryl doesn t work for me. Could it be the lymphoma??
Asked On : Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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Dear friend, welcome and thanks for entrusting your query here at HCM!

I am Dr. Prasad Akole (Critical Care Expert- and am glad to address to your query here.

Itching and rash can occur with both Rituxan and bendamustine (Treanda).
Please ask your treating doctor if he / she feels it is drug related or the skin changes are CLL related which is not likely.

Do you have redness, weals or increased rash during drug delivery?

I hope you are fully satisfied with the guidance I gave.
Hope I have answered all your questions. I would be glad to answer any further queries. Please ask for any clarifications before closing and rating this answer.

Thank you and Good luck!

Answered: Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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