immunotherapy

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immunotherapy

by otto15 on Sat Oct 24, 2015 12:05 AM

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My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 nsc adenocarcinoma lung cancer in May 2015 with Mets to the bones. A pet scan after 3 chemo treatments of cisplatin & altima showed chemo did not work and cancer has further metasized to his liver. He is now receiving immunothetapt every 2 weeks.  Takes norco & fentanyl patch for pain. He has had constant pain since may.  It's so hard to watch him in pain every day.  I feel useless.  Any suggestions for pain control.

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by ahildenbrandt on Sat Oct 24, 2015 04:46 AM

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My husband has the same cancer with bone and brain mets. He takes OxyContin for pain. Can I ask what immunotherapy your husband is taking? Also, my husband did 6 treatments of carboplatin and alimta and the first three months his tumors did not shrink. They shrunk at about six months. Now they have mutated and are resistant to tarceva which he is on. I pray everyday for a cure. Rani

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by otto15 on Sat Oct 24, 2015 12:53 PM

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Thank you Rani for your response.  Yes, I too hope for cancer cures.  I lost my sister to renal cancer just over a year ago.  My husband is receiving Nivolummab (trade name Opdivo) every 2 weeks for 1 hour thru IV.  He must have 3 months of treatment before his next PET scan to tell if it is working.  He only received 1 treatment so far, & has had no apparent side effects. We're hoping for good news for Christmas.  I wish you & your husband a victory in your battle against cancer. Maria

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by Nancy6928 on Mon Oct 26, 2015 02:36 PM

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My husband was diagnosed with stage lV lung cancer in 2013.  He was on Carbo and Alimpta and that did not hold. He started on Nivolummab a year ago and we had almost an entire year of the tumor holding.  He was on a study and was receiving scans every 8 weeks.  He had a few side effects on the Nivolummab, but nothing like the previous chemo.

Unfortunately a couple of weeks ago the scan showed that the tumor almost tripled in the 8 weeks.  So, he was taken off the study and is now receiving Gemzar.  He had one treatment of Gemzar and we had to postpone last Friday because his platelets were too low for another treatment.  He will go again this Friday and they will check his levels to see if he is ready for another treatment.

I really hope that the immunotherapy studies find a way to beat lung cancer.  It gave us an additional year that we were not expecting!

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