angielada wrote:It's been awhile since I've been on... what's up with Keytruda? Anything else i should know about?
Hubby originally stage 3.. then became stage 4 with liver mets and others showing in abdomen and around that area.
6 months of Folfiri with Avastin shrunk EVERYTHING (we also did Iscador injections we got from Germany along with NO CARB OR SUGAR diet by Dr Barker in Pasadena)
The treatment was so successful he was eligible for liver resection after few months. When the surgeon did the surgery couldn't see all the spots they were too small.
Free months later radioablation for leftover spots in liver.. then few months later more spots and another ablation..now more spots and ablation was canceled.
He will go back to Folfiri/Avastin this week...but what is up with Keytruda?
He has 4 small spots confined to liver.
Thanks thanks thanks!
veckon wrote:Fatigue is the most persistent. It started out as just standard fatigue, but has since progressed to what can only be described as narcoleptic. The last two weeks I have seen a large increase in bleeding during loose bowel movements, which have become frequent enough to keep me from sleeping. I was hospitalized for slight anemia a few days ago because of this, but other than that my blood work actually looks good. I am at Sloan Kettering now actually waiting to be examined by my colorectal surgeon in greater detail.
angielada wrote:Thanks all...and good luck!
They are testing his MSI. He does have Kras mutation.
For those currently on Keytruda:
How long have u been on it?
Did they give u a length of time you will do it for?
How often and how long are treatments?
Do you still do regular chemo with it?
And, how bad ate side effects compared to Folfiri/Folfix?
Thank you sooo much for your replies! I really hope you are doing well!
I just had my 3rd treatment of Keytruda. I was not given any end date for it. Because it is a newer thing there isn’t much data on treatment lengths. I have a dose every three weeks. The standard dose is 200mg. I think the treatment length probably varies with each infusion centre. The drug running takes about 45 minutes. But it is often more than a couple hours. Depending on how easily my port is accessed or whether the pharmacy gets the drugs over quickly, etc. I am having the Keytruda on its own, no chemo. The first cycle I was in so much pain and was extremely fatigued. The next two I have been pretty much myself. Maybe a tad more tired on the infusion week. This is way better than my reaction to folfox and folfiri. Both of those put me in the hospital at least once!
Wishing you well. I am sure it will help you and Keytruda will smash the disease away.
Are you getting the treatment in BC only? What sort of costs are there.
Has it been approved in Canada?
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