Some Good News

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5/18/2017 4:39pm
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Just wanted to share some good news.  It has been a long time since I have been able to say that.  I had one dose of the combo back in January and the side effects wiped me out.  Once I was off steroids and beta blockers, they decided I was stable enough to try Pembro.  Monday the 15th was three weeks after my fourth dose.  I had my first scan and MRI since the December scan that moved me to stage 4.

The results indicate a 30% reduction in the size of the tumor on my spine, considerable improvement to the right lung, no new growth, and two other spots remain stable.  I am not 100% sure how to quantify the considerable improvement to the lung comment, but it sounds good to me.  All my blood came back within  the norms so I received my 5th dose of Pembro on Tuesday.

I wanted to share this as hope for those that can't handle the combo.  I was pretty doom and gloom when they told me I couldn't continue with it.  There is so many success stories with the combo that I thought what is the point of trying Pembro.  Keep fighting even when you feel there is nothing that can help.  I am by no means in the clear, but at least I can enjoy the next three months until my next scan.  I can spend the summer with my wife and kids knowing, at least for now, we are winning the battle.

Christine.P - (5/18/2017 - 5:39pm)

This is excellent news, Bradley! I'm so happy for you. Thanks for this update. May you continue to win the battle!

Christine P. 

jenny22 - (5/18/2017 - 6:34pm)

That is great to hear.......GOOD NEWS for sure.....


Anonymous - (5/18/2017 - 7:19pm)

That is great news.... thank you for sharing.   It gives many of us continued hope!

Casitas1 - (5/18/2017 - 9:44pm)

Good news! Keep it coming. I failed combo after 2 infusions. Switched to Pembro and Ned 7 months later. Best, Paul

RitysMom - (5/19/2017 - 12:12am)

That is wonderful news! Thank you for sharing!


Mom of the beautiful Kristine

DaveNB - (5/19/2017 - 7:27am)

Great news! I am in the same boat. Keytruda is my first treatment since making it to stage 4. After 4 infusions my 3 mo. scan shows 1 lung nodule shrunk by 1/2 & another shrunk by 2/3! The only side effects are occasional joint pain and maybe fatigue. Nothing to affect my work schedule or daily activities. Yes, despite the dissapointment of progressing to stage 4 there is always hope! I am approaching 3yrs. since my first diagnosis at stage 3 (unknown primary). I thank God for every day! I know I have had an easier journey than many on this board. My thoughts and prayers go out to all in this fight!



Scooby123 - (5/19/2017 - 2:49pm)

So pleased for you, keep up the good fight.


jbronicki - (5/19/2017 - 4:14pm)

So happy for you and it helps the rest of us to hear such good news!  Wishing you continued great news!


Jackie <3

UBContributor - (5/20/2017 - 8:27am)

Yah-ooo! Wainting for more such updates! 

Patrisa - (5/20/2017 - 10:24am)

Keep those good news coming, they really lift the spirits and bring so much hope!

Take care,