• Immunotherapy with Tecentriq AFTER chemo & clean scans (no cancer seen)

    Asked by Pmcvdl on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    Immunotherapy with Tecentriq AFTER chemo & clean scans (no cancer seen)

    I had small cell lung cancer. After 3 rounds of chemo a CAT scan showed the mass completely gone (none had ever spread) and no cancer visible. I had 2 more rounds of chemo. Oncologist wants me to go on immunotherapy with Tecentriq for almost a year, just an hour or saw once every 3 weeks as prevention, along with normal 3 month scans. Anyone been through this?

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      @Pmcvdl,
      Hello, I am not a cancer patient however, I am an oncology nurse and Small Cell Carcinoma can be tricky to treat. This type of cancer has a tendency to cavitate or create caves to hide in, so it really would be in your best interest to continue on with the Tecentriq. If it is the cost, Genentech has a co-pay card where you pay no more than $5.00 for commercially insured patients and I can help you with this. Best of luck to you.

      3 months ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      I am on a year of Imfinzi( another immunotherapy ) . Studies have shown this is the recommended treatment. Mine is every two weeks for a year. I decided it was the best to do in order to not have another repeat. I had original lung cancer, stage 1. Lung resection only to have a reoccurance 5 months later. There are no signs of it after treatment and hopefully this will help keep it that way. Minimal side effects!

      3 months ago
    • KathyMarie's Avatar
      KathyMarie

      I was diagnosed with Stage 3A adenocarcinoma. I enrolled in a clinical trial with Tecentriq. 2 initial treatments 3 weeks apart followed by surgery. The pathology report showed the positive lymph nodes were negative after the treatment. I am now continuing treatments to prevent recurrence. No major side effects. My sister-in-law has small cell - had chemo, went into remission with no evidence of disease, after 3 months cancer was back and had spread to her bones, liver and brain. So if it were me I would take the drug.

      3 months ago
    • vic's Avatar
      vic

      I would agree that it may be beneficial to go on Tecentriq. My husband was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer (extensive), went through chemo and radiation, and CT showed it removed all cancer except the original "dot" source (which I understand will remain). Now just finished his eighth round of Tecentriq yesterday--he feels great--just finished snow blowing. Only side effect is a cough and sometimes difficulty swallowing (which oncologist thinks are from the radiation). Although we are at the mercy of God, Tecentriq seems to be a very good plan.

      3 months ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar
      Whitey61

      Having a friend go thru the exact same treatment plan for stage 3b NSCLC.

      3 months ago

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