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Chemo didn't last; starting Immune therapy next week.

3 months 1 week ago #54152 by Jack R
Tanya,

Wishing, along with you, for positive results from the new medication.
Good to hear that it was well tolerated.
I'm sorry there was not much info to offer here - you are on the leading edge of the science.

Best,
Jack

What's with this Bleeding ? 6/2015
DX: HG Papillary & CIS
2 Years and 24 BCG/BCG+Inf
T0 CIS comes back.
BC clear as of 5/17 !
RCC found in my one (only) kidney 10/17
Begin Chemo; Cisplatin and Gemzar

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3 months 1 week ago #54150 by Tanya606
Thanks Jack for you reply. First treatment went pretty easy yesterday. Much easier than chemotherapy. We have been counseled to have 3 sessions, 1 every 3 weeks an then repeat the PET or CT scan to check on progress in halting the spread or resolving the cancer. So now we wait and pray.

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3 months 2 weeks ago - 3 months 2 weeks ago #54132 by Jack R
Tanya,

I recalled only a couple of comments on this board about Keytruda, so I searched the forum; there are only questions, no answers.

Keytruda is newly approved for bladder cancer - it received very fast approval based on encouraging results for a percentage of patients.

The problem with new medications is that they do not have an extensive track record. The good news is that they are available now.

Best to you and your husband,
Jack

What's with this Bleeding ? 6/2015
DX: HG Papillary & CIS
2 Years and 24 BCG/BCG+Inf
T0 CIS comes back.
BC clear as of 5/17 !
RCC found in my one (only) kidney 10/17
Begin Chemo; Cisplatin and Gemzar

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3 months 2 weeks ago #54131 by Tanya606
We found out this week that the Chemo didn't last for my husband more than a couple months. PET scan shows it has now spread to lymphs outside the pelvis. With the chronic renal failure as a result of the Cisplatin the only option, which the doctors don't agree on, is to try the Immune therapy.
Conflicting impressions from the oncologist; so I'd love to hear how others with Stage IV Urothelial Bladder cancer that failed chemotherapy have done with the Immune therapy Keytruda. The only option is to do nothing at this point and get his affairs in order. Pretty sobering visits this week.
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