clinical trials for esophageal cancers

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RE: clinical trials for esophageal cancers

by angeleem on Thu Dec 22, 2016 03:22 PM

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Thank you for your feedback.

I am happy to hear your husband has done well and has not had any major issues on pembro.  Has he been on it for a year?  And his cancer is not growing?

My Dad is actually in the ER as I write this as he had a follow-up with his gastro dr that put in a stent for him about two weeks ago and due to his increasing weight loss and lack of appetite, sent him to the ER.  Its ironic, just a few weeks ago he wanted to eat but could not due to his tumor closing his esophagus, hence the stent, but now he can eat but has no desire.

RE: clinical trials for esophageal cancers

by steveb50 on Thu Dec 22, 2016 06:33 PM

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On Dec 22, 2016 3:22 PM angeleem wrote:

Thank you for your feedback.

I am happy to hear your husband has done well and has not had any major issues on pembro.  Has he been on it for a year?  And his cancer is not growing?

My Dad is actually in the ER as I write this as he had a follow-up with his gastro dr that put in a stent for him about two weeks ago and due to his increasing weight loss and lack of appetite, sent him to the ER.  Its ironic, just a few weeks ago he wanted to eat but could not due to his tumor closing his esophagus, hence the stent, but now he can eat but has no desire.

I'm sorry to hear that your dad is not feeling well.  This cancer is so frustrating and sad for all involved. 

Yes, December is the 14th mos. Steve has received pembrolizumab without progression.  Last I knew there were 6/30 who were progression free at the year mark in this particular trial. The 30 original participants were split into two groups.  Steve is the only one from his group with stable disease at the year mark.  So if my math is right 20% of patients respond with stable disease for a time yet to be determined.

Hoping for your families sake they can keep your dad going.

Best,

Tracy B

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