Friend has started his 2nd clinical study and had his first treatment of Chemo (Docetaxel) combined with the Pemnrolizumab (Keruda) (which he has been on since Dec. 2017 every three weeks) plus a dose of steroid to ward off and of the side effects
The 1st clinical study was: Pemnrolizumab (Keruda))/Carboplatin/Abraxane week1 and then Abraxane week 2 &3 for total of 12 weeks Dec-Apr and then in April was only the Pemnrolizumab (Keruda) every 3 weeks – like said he had little no side effects – – thus far he has no side effects to the new chemo hoping he will do same as he did on the 12 week regimen not sure how long this will continue – will be depending upon if any side effects the drug as is a little more wicked than the other 2 and will be taken off if it causes other complications.
The Supraclavicular lymph node shows measures partially necrotic ( death of cells) 4.6 by 6.1 cm; there are 3 others 1 morphologically 1.1 cm.; 1 partially necrotic ( death of cells) at 1.6 cm. and the other necrotic at 1.1 cm He had his biopsy of the Supraclavicular lymph node for the clincial study its basiccally for their study purposes unless it turns something more up that what is now known
on Thursday 21st and goes back for treatment on March 18th and scans on April 4th and treatment again on April 8th.
Options if this does not work or show progress is first radiation, and then possibly surgery if the radiation does not work.
The main tumor/mass and all the chest lymph nodes and the Left Axillary lymph nodes have shrank not changed and have remained stable. the upper lung mass has been described as "fungating" in the CT scans
He is Stage IVB NSCLC into his second year being diagnosed in Oct 2017
Its been a very rough 2 years on all of us his father died Jun 28 2018 after a near 2+ year battle onf not making read blood cells, & his mother on Dec. 26th 2018 after being in nursing home for 14 years from full right side stroke – he has a massive Acute MI near 100% blockage with many other health issues was "comfort care" for 8 days before dying I stayed with her 24/7 tho he never has said I know their deaths has taken a toll on him.
There has been never given a time frame of survival given only what I have researched…. he is determine and rides his bicycle almost every day 10+ miles one way to a country store to have coffee be with local people.
He has not had any colds, flu etc. which is a plus… God is good and he will take care and provide what is needed…