Here is an update on taking the Merck Pd1 drug since December 2011.
Starting this trial at Stage 4, with tumors on leg, chest & lungs, my "first" set of scans showed NED. My doctor could not find cancer anywhere in my body. Such a miracle for only taking this drug for 12 weeks.
Just got the results of the "second" set of scans, and I continue to be NED.
As I side note, my side effects are occasional joint pain. Also, my thyroid lost some of its function so I now takes meds to supplement my thyroid. The study nurse told me that 8 other patients are also having thyroid issues. Apparently, my side effects were also reported as side effects by BMS PD1 drug trial results at ASCO .
The study nurse also told me that many patients are showing a response. She commented that the response rate for thisMerck PD1 drug is very impressive.
I hope that this information on my experience with Merck PD1 gives you hope!
Wishing everyone a NED status.