Opdivo side effects forum
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Yet he’s been really sleepy recently, and his shortness of breath has gotten worse (he has emphysema as well but the treatment definitely makes this worse). He still doesn’t want to eat much, but because he’s in good health, this isn’t a big issue.
He’s all drab and uninteresting in general. He’s only missed two appointments so far. He skipped one about 6 or 7 months ago, and then he skipped another three weeks ago. Then a week ago, I did another. If he misses a treatment, he notices immediately.
It’s tough to make a decision. I believe he should start skipping them every now and then. He can’t start therapy again if he decides he’s stopping, but he can miss them without causing any bureaucratic laws. Yet he has the mentality that if he’s up for it, he’ll do the therapy.
He doesn’t think my women’s intuition is a reasonable enough level of proof to miss a few therapies, so I’ve been searching for something more specific. I asked our oncologist, but he always says that because the medication is new, no one knows. Nobody knows how different human bodies are.
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Owing to severe side effects, my husband had to avoid taking a Targeted Therapy drug. Thanks to these side effects, he has been without cancer treatment for the past six weeks! Unfortunately, he was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago with Kidney Failure, mostly as a result of extreme dehydration, long-acting Oxycodone, and a general lack of appetite. For two weeks, he was on a saline IV and had a feeding tube implanted. He is now at home, but he is very bloated, which I assume is due to edema. I’m very concerned about the direction things are heading in this regard. If his blood counts have improved, he will be able to begin Immune Therapy in three weeks! He’s eating a bit better now, and he’s been drinking a lot of water. I had hoped that going without medication would make him feel better, but he is still ill; I suspect that the Kidney Disease hasn’t helped, and that the swelling in his body is making walking difficult. He is now unable to wear shoes. He also has a rash on his back that the hospital diagnosed as a sweat rash, but it has now spread to other areas of his body, and I’m not sure it’s a sweat rash. I’ve arranged an appointment with his primary care physician for next week to address this and other questions I have.
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That’s right, a medicine that helps the body’s own immune system to combat cancer cells rather than relying on outside drugs like radiation or chemotherapy. Opdivo (scientific name: Nivolumab) is the brand name, and James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2018 for their discovery. The following information can be found on the Nobel Prize website:
If you’re interested in learning more, the Medical Frontiers program from this week is excellent. It’s on the NHK World cable channel, which many of us don’t have access to, but it’ll be available on the NHK website soon. NHK is Japan’s public broadcaster, which is presumably why Tasuku Honjo gets all the credit and James P. Allison isn’t listed at all. Neither of them are listed in the Wikipedia article, which attributes Opdivo’s development entirely to Changyu Wang, a pharmaceutical company executive.
So there you have it, the good news. The bad news is that Opdivo only works in about 20% of cancer patients. It has some potentially harmful side effects, as the immune system can target healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Treatment with the drug costs about $90,000 a year, and the length of time required is unknown, probably the rest of one’s life.
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Chemotherapy is less specific than targeted therapy and immunotherapy. They can cause side effects that aren’t typically associated with chemotherapy. Nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and changes in blood counts are common chemotherapy side effects. Skin, hair, nail, and/or eye disorders are possible side effects of targeted therapy and immunotherapy.
Your medical staff will assist you in coping with these side effects so that your recovery can proceed. Managing these side effects will also help you prevent significant skin, hair, and nail changes. It’s important to remember that these drugs’ skin side effects aren’t allergic reactions or infections.
ASCO’s free Rash fact sheet is available to download. This 1-page printable PDF offers a summary of rashes, including signs, treatment options, ways to relieve pain, key terms to remember, and questions to ask your doctor. It also comes with a tracking sheet for keeping track of when the rash first appeared, as well as when and how it appeared.