Allergic To The Best Cancer Drug? Doctors Offer Possible Way To Keep Taking It

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Having a bad reaction to penicillin as a child doesn't guarantee you're still allergic decades later. And if the oncologist says you have to switch chemotherapies because of an allergic reaction, well, maybe not.



Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:39 PM

Super encouraging.  I had reactions to carboplatin 3 times, beginning with my 10th round,including two during desensitization.  I didn't show improvement but who knows if perhaps I would have with more doses and time spent slowly building up the trmt. time.  I think the protocol needed adjusting such that I got higher doses of benadril closer to the time more of the carbo was being given.

Thu Apr 15, 2010 04:06 AM

I also became allergic to carboplatin at the 8th treatment. After several ovarian cancer recurrences, I tried it again because of the number of years that had passed. I tolerated one treatment, then had allergic reaction on the second. A nurse told me about trying desensitization and since I have an immunology background, I researched the subject and found a paper that described the protocol and another that recounted the cases of two women who still did not tolerate the 6 hour protocol. For them, the time of infusion for each dose was increased. One required a 24 hour protocol and the other a 72 hour protocol. In each case, the woman was able to continue being treated by using the protocol specific for her. My case has been similar. I need to receive each dose over ~6 hours and a one hour break between each dose. I have had 4 successful treatments using the longer protocol.

Thu Apr 15, 2010 05:08 AM

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