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Tom Anderson (@ta52)

Going Beyond Standard Immunotherapy

Lung Cancer | Last Active: Sep 14, 2021 | Replies (42)

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I’m not sure this is the right place to post this but have to start somewhere. To Merry, the young lady with lung cancer taking Keytruda. In June 2019 I was diagnosed with stage IV NSCLC, it was in my lymph nodes on my spine and a tumor in my head. The Oncologist looked my wife and I straight in the eyes and announced “you have 6 months, maybe a year, if your lucky”. I remember getting angry, “who do you think your talking too”? After 3 rounds of chemo, I told the Dr no more, the side effects made a complete invalid out of me. I wasn’t willing to live that way. We went on immunotherapy Keytruda after an MRI that showed very little, if any, improvement. Aug 2019 MRI showed a considerable shrinkage in the tumor. At that time I started a regiment of unprescribed medication in addition to Immunotherapy/Keytruda. Dec 2019 the lymph nodes were clear, the tumor had shrunk considerably. I continued this treatment and a PET scan in May 2020 showed I was cancer free, it was ALL gone. The Dr referred to me as a miracle. As of today I am still cancer free and intent staying on Keytruda as long as I can. I got the same 2 year limit on Keytruda but am going to challenge that. So, Merry, never give up, never. I was 79 years old when diagnosed, am now 81. I’ve learned prayers work. I sincerely hope this helps in some small way.

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Thank you for sharing this information. Keytruda has been brought to me as an option. My question, if two years is the limit, what happens after that?

@dutchw– Good morning and Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Thank you for sharing your story. I am a mentor for Mayo Connect's Lung Cancer and Lung Diseases. I have an unusual lung cancer called Multifocal Adenocarcinoma. I have survived two types of lung cancer for 23+ years and have never had immunotherapy, although I have had chemotherapy. I am sorry if I have given the impression that I have taken this wonderful drug.

@miriam57; @richcolleen– I have found that many people who have finished their two years on Keytruda are followed very closely with CT scans. I am at a loss to tell you that there are other drugs right now that will maintain you. Keytruda is "Humanized antibodies" This means that they are antibodies from non-human species whose protein sequences have been modified to increase their similarity to antibody variants produced naturally in humans. I certainly hope that the positive outcomes for many people who have taken this drug will see many more and maybe even a possibility for a maintenance program. I just don't know of any at this time.

The developers for Keytruda limited the study to two years. There was a lot of competition between several drug makers for the success of such a drug. You can read more of this here:
The reason that I am suggesting that you read Wikipedia about your drug is so that you can see why there was a 2-year limit.

I am very glad that this drug's targeted population has expanded into many cancers.

Hola, fue la inmunoterapia la que le ayudo?

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