Thanks for your concern! My mom is still in hospital for pleural fluid and ascites drainage and it has been a month. We are leaving the drains in so we can remove the fluid at home.
X-rays from a few days ago showed a bit more shadow especially in the left lung. Our onc's interpretation is that the cancer seems to have spread to the trachea, and her left lung has only about 30% of function left. He thinks there is no immediate danger for now but things can go south unexpectedly at an alarming rate, and if the immune system friendly fires the lungs after treatment (although not too likely), it would be life threatening. She has been on small dose of steroids to boost lung function until taking the new drugs today.
My mom in general feels tired everyday due to all the breathing and sleeping problems but she is accepting the treatment. She and I think the first infusion of Keytruda may have worked a bit as the amount of pleural fluid and ascites seem to be decreasing at a slow rate recently, so we are both hopeful that the new regimen will work even better. We are taking one step at a time -- first goal is to go home ASAP! Her lungs performance in the coming days will determine when she is going home and it seems to be slowly improving.
Keeping fingers crossed!
Supporter to my mom (64 yr); KRAS wild type; MSS
2012: DX Stage I, rectal cancer; resection and colostomy, no chemo
5/16: DX Stage III, mets found; right groin lymph node and soft tissue nodules
5-6/16: Radiation + Xeloda
7/16: DX Stage IV, pleural effusion; cancer cells found in fluid
7-12/16: Xelox + Avastin X 6
1/17: Clean PET scan, NED
2/17: Pleural effusion; recurrence
4/17: Iri + Erb X 3
5/17: Ascites; Chemo failed
6/17: Keytruda X 1
7/17: TECENTRIQ (atezolizumab) + COTELLIC (cobimetinib)