TIL trial - no growth?

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TIL trial - no growth?

Postby AngelaN » Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:04 pm

For those of you who have participated in the TIL trial - is anyone aware of someone whose cells did not grow???? We got a call today that my husband's cells are not growing. Not sure why. Does this happen? Could they just be slow? UGHUGHUGHUGH. Really disappointed. Super really disappointed. Really hoping someone tells me this isn't the end of the road with this trial.
DH diagnosed with Stage 4 CRC Nov 2013
11 tx Folfox/Avastin; LAR/liver resection/introp RF of liver - May 2014
3 treatments FOLFIRI
Lung resection - Sept 2014
FOLFIRI + Avastin x 10 treatments
Avastin+5FU q3 weeks x 4
SBRT x 1 lung met
RFA for remaining 3 in Oct and Nov
SBRT for liver met Jan 16
lung mets growing
Enrolled in NIH TIL trial Oct 16
XRT for lung met 12/16
Cells didnt grow for TIL trial Feb 17
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Re: TIL trial - no growth?

Postby Lee » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:32 pm

Sorry about your recent news. Did DH's doctors give a possible reason for this?

Hope it gets better soon for him.

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Re: TIL trial - no growth?

Postby Maia » Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:32 pm

Angela, I don't know the answer to your questions but rest reassured that if someone is able to grow TILs in this planet, that is Dr Rosenberg and his team. He's the one who developed a better way for the growth of TILs, which is quite a challenge. So your hubby is on the better hands! : )
If they haven't told you that he is out of the trial, that only can mean that yes, maybe those cells are just slow, IMHO. Hang in there! Strong thoughts going your way.

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