GC and low LVEF

3 weeks 6 days ago #61024 by tomk
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Hello Jack,

I'm due to start a trial next week (Enfortumab Vedotin) at Mayo in Phoenix. Three 3 week cycles of chemo, then RC, then 6 more cycles. Study title is SGN22E-002 if your interested. I would be interested in anyone's experience with Padcev.

Tomk
MIBC
pT2a

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1 month 1 week ago #61011 by Jack R
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Tomk,

You will want to get your cardiologist involved in your treatment planning. S/he is familiar with your situation and will have valuable input for your oncologist.

The concerns, brought forth by MY care team were:
1) Cardiotoxicity of Cisplatin (and Carboplatin) and Gemzar - or "GC". Also applies to other chemo drugs, and
2) Drugs used on chemo treatment days and as support on non-chemo days; of particular concern was the heavy use of steroids on some chemo days and the potential of fluid retention impacting cardio function.

Your cardiologist and care team may have different or additional concerns, based on your situation. Use the team's understanding of your situation to your full advantage. Have them consult with your Oncologist as necessary.

One journal article that is close on point - depending on your situation and chemo proposal. At the least, this article describes some of the Heart/Chemo interactions that deserve consideration. 

www.uspharmacist.com/article/chemotherapy-agents-that-cause-cardiotoxicity

In the end, if you go the chemo route, dosages and treatments will be tailored to meet your needs and situation.

Best
Jack

6/2015 HG Papillary & CIS
3 Years and 30 BCG/BCG+Inf
Tis CIS comes back.
BC clear as of 5/17 !
RCC found in my one & only kidney 10/17
Begin Chemo; Cisplatin and Gemzar
8/18 begin Chemo# 3
Begin year 4 with cis
2/19 Chemo #4
9/19 NED again :)
1/2020 CIS is back
Tried Keytruda, stopped by side effects
Workin on a new plan for 2021
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1 month 1 week ago #61010 by tomk
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City of Hope is in Los Angeles, California and is a major Cancer center. I live in Arizona and am waiting for an appt at Mayo in phoenix. I agree with you about going to a top Cancer center and will postpone my chemo here (due to start on 11/3) if I get an appt. at Mayo. I just want to be armed with as much info as possible.

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1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #61009 by Alan
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Partial cystectomies are rarely done. There have been a few people on this board who have done it but, it was under special circumstances. Something tells me to get to a top Cancer center..... a teaching university or someone like Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson etc. I see you went to a cancer group in Louisiana. Is MD Anderson doable in Houston?

DX 5/6/2008 TAG3 papillary tumor .5 CM in size. 2 TURBS followed by 6 instillations of BCG weekly with a second round of 6 after a 6 week wait.

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1 month 1 week ago #61008 by tomk
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Thank you Alan for your response, it's great to feel like I have somewhere to voice my concerns. 
Sorry about the unfamiliar acronym, LVEF stands for left ventricular ejection fraction. Mine is low due to a heart attack in the past.

I actually did get a second opinion from City of Hope in LA. They recommended a radical cystectomy followed by adjuvant nivolumab once a month for 12 months because of the LVEF concern. My local Docs recommended 4 three week cycles on GC followed by a partial cystectomy as the 5cm tumor is on the dome of the bladder. Hopefully this clarifies my situation.

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1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #61007 by Alan
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Welcome Tomk,

As none of us are doctors and your LVEF abbreviation (I had to look that up), your case is a little more complicated. Involving "ejection fraction" or pumping of the blood from your heart, that number does appear to be low to me as I have also had a triple bypass as my doc introduced me to that reading...I am lucky at 60. Your oncologist should be up speed on this however, I would probably get a second opinion for fresh eyes and peace of mind if you have any doubts.

One other observation. Is he recommending chemo alone or with a cystectomy? Chemo is usually done along with that procedure after the chemo is finished on stage 2 (T2) or higher tumors.

Please keep posting as you go. Others will learn from this.

DX 5/6/2008 TAG3 papillary tumor .5 CM in size. 2 TURBS followed by 6 instillations of BCG weekly with a second round of 6 after a 6 week wait.
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