Alimta

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Alimta

by mistyd on Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:00 AM

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I just received the update that states the USDA has approved Alimta for maintenance therapy for advanced or metastatic lung cancer.  Is anyone familiar with this?  I am thinking about talking to the doctor about this drug for my father.  I could use some opinions and advice.  Thank you.

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by jeffjan on Thu Jan 21, 2010 02:07 PM

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My wife was on alimta for 9 months with wonderful results. She has lung adenocarcinoma and Alimta was the 3rd type of chemo she was on.  Always ask any question and about any drug you come across to your Doctor. They are busy with many patients so you need to be very proactive with all questions and treatments.  There are a few clinical trials going on now with Alimta.

 

Good luck and best wishes

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by dskm1234 on Thu Jun 03, 2010 03:27 PM

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My mother just finished her around of chemo with this agent. The agent did not make her sick and her hair did not fall out. We find out in a few weeks if it has helped any. I know my mother's doctor said something about using Avastin as a maintaince drug for her. She had a 30 minute treatment every 3 weeks with Alimta. Not sure if this info helps you any. My prayers are with you and your family.

SG.

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by LICAROL on Tue Nov 30, 2010 04:46 AM

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Hello...my husband just started on Alimta and Cis-platinum on 11/22. Severe fatigue hit on 11/23 and today was really his first day out of bed more than in. Alimta is a strong medication. It affects the bones of the jaw. Needs to be given with IV Zometa to protect the bones. Hope this helps. 

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by GailCatherineRe on Fri Dec 10, 2010 02:13 AM

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On Jan 21, 2010 2:07 PM jeffjan wrote:

My wife was on alimta for 9 months with wonderful results. She has lung adenocarcinoma and Alimta was the 3rd type of chemo she was on.  Always ask any question and about any drug you come across to your Doctor. They are busy with many patients so you need to be very proactive with all questions and treatments.  There are a few clinical trials going on now with Alimta.

 

Good luck and best wishes

My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer last spring. It was found after it had already mestasized to his brain. He began with surgery for one of the tumors in his brain. Followed by full brain radiation. Then he had been having chemo every 3 weeks for the tumor in his lung with Taxol with good results until the tumor in his lung began to change last month. He is now on Alimta and we go to Dana Farber for his second round tomorrow.  The minimal side affects has been much easier on him. As bad a diagnosis as it has been, he still has a lot of energy and we have heard of others with good results. Really learning to live in the day

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by straywick on Thu Jun 02, 2011 03:45 AM

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On Jul 24, 2009 12:00 AM mistyd wrote:

I just received the update that states the USDA has approved Alimta for maintenance therapy for advanced or metastatic lung cancer.  Is anyone familiar with this?  I am thinking about talking to the doctor about this drug for my father.  I could use some opinions and advice.  Thank you.

I am concerned about the portion of your post that states Alimta is for advanced or metastatic lung cancer. I am about to receive it as a first line treatment along with carboplatinum. Has anyone else had this drug as a first line chemo treatment.

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by straywick on Thu Jun 02, 2011 03:47 AM

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BTW, I failed to mention that my chemo is not for metastatic lung cancer. I was told they got all the cancer. The chemo regimen is to make sure the cancer does not return.

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by thebyrdsfriend on Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:35 PM

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Hi there, well I had cisplatin and alimta.  I had an upper right lobectomy, and had no lymph node involvement, all margins were clear and no metastisis.  I was staged at 3a nsclc.  The cisplatin was bad.  The alimta is not.  I would say that my doctors believe that no one should be sick with this, and cisplatin is TERRIBLE!  I would have chemo and then go back every day for 5 days for IV fluids and anti-nausea because of the cisplatin.  I also had 3 different types of pills for nausea, but they didn't seem to help without the fluids.  Your oncologist should give you some information on what to eat.  They do say this is not the time to diet.  I was told to eat lots of protein, eat real butter, whole milk, and was actually given recipes to make high protein milk, and other drinks.  They told me not to deny myself anything.  Anyway, they will test your bloodwork everytime before you get chemo, and I was also told to take folic acid.  He told me to just take a pregnancy vitamin everyday.  But, alimta as my oncologist says is a "good chemo".  It is not too hard on you.  I never lost any hair, though it did thin out.  I also had 4 treatment in 12 weeks.  I hope all goes well for you.  Keep in touch with us,  Helen

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by Suzie2 on Thu Jun 02, 2011 02:21 PM

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Hi Helen I wonder if you could message me with details of the side effects you experienced with Cisplatin. the reason being that I had 6 cycles of Cisplatin finishing the end of Feb 11, I was also on steroids for 9 months during this time. I am suffering with tingling in feet and hands on and off, feet that hurt and feel like lead if I have not stood on them for a while. Also I have painful knees when bending, to the extent I try not to bend! I am trying to find others who may have had a similar experience. Any advice would be much appreciated. Suzanne

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by straywick on Fri Jun 03, 2011 03:03 AM

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On Jun 02, 2011 12:35 PM thebyrdsfriend wrote:

Hi there, well I had cisplatin and alimta.  I had an upper right lobectomy, and had no lymph node involvement, all margins were clear and no metastisis.  I was staged at 3a nsclc.  The cisplatin was bad.  The alimta is not.  I would say that my doctors believe that no one should be sick with this, and cisplatin is TERRIBLE!  I would have chemo and then go back every day for 5 days for IV fluids and anti-nausea because of the cisplatin.  I also had 3 different types of pills for nausea, but they didn't seem to help without the fluids.  Your oncologist should give you some information on what to eat.  They do say this is not the time to diet.  I was told to eat lots of protein, eat real butter, whole milk, and was actually given recipes to make high protein milk, and other drinks.  They told me not to deny myself anything.  Anyway, they will test your bloodwork everytime before you get chemo, and I was also told to take folic acid.  He told me to just take a pregnancy vitamin everyday.  But, alimta as my oncologist says is a "good chemo".  It is not too hard on you.  I never lost any hair, though it did thin out.  I also had 4 treatment in 12 weeks.  I hope all goes well for you.  Keep in touch with us,  Helen

Thank you Helen. I am having the same 4 for 12 wk therapy with the combo of carboplatinum and Alimta. After that I will have Alimta only every 3 weeks for 6 months. I was told that my hair would fall out after about a week, I suppose because of the Carbo portion. I start my first treatment tomorrow and am really scared. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

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