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    Sandyantoni407 asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    CPT 11 & Cetuximab (Erbitux)

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      lo15

      Husband is on the same and they are not working enough either. Tumors showing slight growth and CEA is up. So they are sending him to a research Dr at the hospital next week. Vectibix has been mentioned as the next drug up from his Dr. Waiting until next week to see what they decide. All we can do is move forward. Best Wishes

      18 days ago
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      Vectibex is also a choice for us.
      I will keep you posted on our decision and how we’re making out. Thank you for sharing- nice to know I’m not alone.

      18 days ago
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      I am currently taking irenotecan and erbitux and will have my 6th round next week. My experience overall has been OK. It has definitely done it's job as my CEA dropped to normal range after just 2 treatments and my last scan showed significant shrinkage of tumors in my liver and a couple of very small ones no longer visible.

      I did get a rash from the Erbitux after one round but it has been manageable and much better than I expected (I was very nervous about this part). There are quite a few meds to manage it and I use just a topical.

      The irenotecan has been harder on me. The digestive challenges are not always fun but again there are ways to manage. I take immodium as soon as I get hit with diarrhea and that helps immensely! My white counts drop pretty significantly on this so I have been doing treatment every 3 weeks instead of every two and get g-shots to help. Part of the decision to do it every 3 weeks was also that I was having positive reaction to in it terms of drops in my CEA. I did lose all my hair from this as well - that was a bit shocking as I was expecting thinning but I'm actually enjoying wearing a beanie all winter and not dealing with hair (although I have an awesome wig I use for certain activities or events).

      Since I am now in the normal CEA range and last scans were very positive the doctors are giving me a break after I complete the 6th round. They said research shows that this combination has shown to be effective in an on/off pattern so I will monitor my CEA and scan at 3 months and then we will determine whether to go back on or keep monitoring. I am looking forward to at least a short break.

      Please let me know if I can answer any other specific questions and I hope you find this combination to be effective for you.

      18 days ago
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