11q Deletion - Starting First Treatment Via Trial

Hi everyone. I will be starting my first treatment since having been on on watch and wait. I have signed up for a clinical trial that will offer me either FCR or Imbrutinib. The Arm will be computer selected. I am obviously nervous about FCR and had hoped to avoid chemo. That may not be an option. Having 11q deletion is a concern for me as to how well I will respond and for how long. Is there anyone that has 11q that has been through FCR? If so, can you please share your experience? How did your CLL respond to the treatment? Also, for people with on Imbrutinib with 11q deletion, how are you doing? I'd appreciate hearing your experience too. Thank you all very much.

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  • Dr. Terry Hamblin said in 2010, speaking of the CLL8, FCR trial in Germany...

    It is important to recognize that the del 11q patients now fall into this intermediate group. CLL8 has removed indecision as to whether they should be intermediate or high risk. If they are getting FCR they are at intermediate risk. (bolding is mine)


    This was prior to Imbruvica (ibrutinib) approval, but it is still early days for this treatment.

    Whatever the treatment you will do fine... just saying... don't discount FCR in 11q.


  • Thank you.

  • I think the Imbruvica (ibrutinib) arm also includes rituxan/Mabthera... not sure what trial you are entering...

  • Yes. I believe so.

  • I am currently half-way through a 6-month FCR regime. Although I am not 11q deleted, I have heard that FCR is a good choice for those who are. I like the fact that these drugs have been used successfully for so long. I am doing very well, and hope for the best possible outcome. I'm female, 67 years old, 13q, mutated, with no other health issues other than cholesterol. Best of luck with whatever the computer chooses for you! I had considered that trial, but when I was advised FCR was best for me I went with it instead.

  • Hello, cfgsmith,

    Best wishes to you. I am a 70 y.o. guy, 11q, and had FCR which began January, 2012 and had an immediate response. My WBC decreased the first week from 95 to 7. I completed 6 total monthly FCR's, ending June, 2012 and have continued with that remission. Before beginning we travelled to a CLL specialty center at a university cancer institute and we assured that this was the correct path. My wife and I went immediately to dinner and had a bottle of wine to celebrate that we had both a treating and consulting specialist agree on a treatment. Now that ibrutinib and idelelasib have been improved, trials hold much more promise in that now the arms under study are not merely placebo or the active investigative compound, but the conventional treatment vs the proposed better drug. So, take heart. You seem to be in a much better position than many who have gone before. As you describe it, it seems you will get either FCR( which remains the gold standard for 11q folks), or the "new and improved" treatment(ibrutinib). I also expect that given what we now know about the benefits of ibrutinib, if you are in the FCR cohort, you may well get crossed over to ibrutinib sometime during the trial. I thank you for your courage and pioneering effort on behalf of those of us who follow. You are truly a good neighbor.

    Keep calm and carry on.



  • I am just reading the replies. Sorry for the delay. So far thingd are going well. Thanks.

  • I have just started on ibrutinib & although my WBC's are going up, which can be normal when first starting Ibrutinib, I have noticed any side effects. I have now taken the the drug for 6 weeks. I am interested in any side effects other CLL patients have noted taking Ibrutinib. What effect dose alcohol have while taking Ibrutinib. My daughter will be getting married soon & I would like to have wine at the wedding.

  • Ruth.. check with your doctor... we are all different, and what might be fine for some, may not be the best for others...

    Wine or not... the wedding will be wonderful!


  • I love your question. I have 11q del and have been on Ibrutinib for 8 months. I have fully tested the effects of combining Macallans and Ibrutinib and am pleased to report that from my experience they seem to have a synergistic effect. Have a great time at your daughters wedding.

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