From what I understand the response rates are around 25% or better. It is drug very similar to Yervoy (IPI) that I responded to so well to in June. It acts just the same way, but uses different pathways. Pathways that aren't showing the same side-effects as IPI, and the side effects are generally less severe. This is the first trial of this drug that would let me in because of my side-effects from IPI. This trial is to see how patients who had dose-limiting toxicities with IPI (remember I could only take one dose of the four you are supposed to receive because of the colitis) would do with the anti-PD1. It is a very exciting opportunity. This is the same drug I tried to get in Portland.
It will be very interesting to see what happens. Will I respond quickly, as I did with IPI? I hope so. I have now lost some range of motion in my arm due to my growing tumor. It hurts when I stretch, reach, and is very obvious when I swim. The pain is above the tumor, and it feels like a tendon or something has just been pulled too tight, and has no more give. So I kind of need it to work quickly.
In the meantime we need to move! We close on our house today, and have to be out of this one by Monday. So ready or not...
|Just found out I qualified. Sitting on the softest beach, watching the sun go down and the moon rise. It was a good night.|
|Nothing more romantic than the ocean. Even if I was alone.|