Due to one pesky tumor increasing in size from scan to scan, my oncologist is recommending stopping Keytruda (the only treatment I've had since being diagnosed January 2019) and beginning Alimta. Does anyone have any feedback/suggestions for using Alimta? The word chemo really scares me, but it's the option presented to me.
Alimta: Due to one pesky tumor... - Lung Cancer Support
Will the Alimta be the only drug you receive? Usually they administer it with a platinum based chemo.
As far as I was told yesterday, Alimta only. I will clarify with oncologist.
Water water and more water and take two days for rest. No nausea and no hair Loss and take your folic acid, I’m on it with keytruda every 3 weeks
I have a question
1. Swelling in wrist and ankles water retention
I’m doing keytruda and Altima every 3 weeks. I sleep all the time and I’m missing work and now my wrist retain water, I’m so lethargic. I am confused about this treatment. I am cancer free but I guess this treatment is keep me like this
You should talk with your oncologist immediately about this. You have to balance your quality of life with your treatments. Please keep me posted. What stage were you diagnosed?I was diagnosed January of 2019 at stage iv and qualified for social security disability in August.
I’m so sorry you’re experience such fatigue and swelling. Talk with your oncologist as Angel suggests. Many of these side effects come from the alimpta and your oncologist may take that away and keep you just on Keytruda or Spears your treatment out to every 4 or 5 weeks to give you a chance to recover and improve quality of life, keep us posted. Will keep you in my prayers.
Unfortunately, my oncologist said because I had progression on one of my tumors, I cannot go back to the Keytruda. Thanks so much for prayers
I’m so sorry. Maybe your oncologist can look into some of the trials that are having great success. I understand the Keytruda will remain in your system for some time and the further you get from alimpta, the better you should be feeling, I hope. 💕
Oh yes. I had that a few months after starting Keytruda. It turned out to be rheumatoid arthritis brought on by the Keytruda. I had to start Methotrexate for the RA and took a 3 month break from the Keytruda because I had alot of pain in my hands and was barely able to use them. Once I restarted the Keytruda and continued with the Keytruda, it has been fine.
Hi there. I have been on both Alimta and Keytruda since December. For a while I had the addition of Carboplatin. I am Stage IV NSCLC. I have seen posts that mention Keytruda causes rheumatoid arthritis issues. So far I have not had any noticeable side-effects. I get infusions every 3 weeks and am on “maintenance.” Constipation is a problem but I am managing OK. Alimta has not caused a significant problem either. I have occasional fatigue but am much more active and alert after stopping the Carbo. The infusions are very easy, just be sure to hydrate, hydrate , hydrate before so they can find a vein (unless you have a port). Hope this helps! Stay safe.
The RA was pretty severe in my case. I started the Alimta only yesterday. Once I'm no longer on the RA medication, my oncologist said she'd add in the Carbo. How have your scan results been so far?
I am fairly early in treatment, so have only had one scan back in March. The lung tumor is shrinking, but my spinal tumor is causing bulging disc and other damage. So far no bad pain. Before I started radiation I had horrific back spasms, but they seem to have stopped now, thank goodness. Oh, and I also have hair thinning. I hope you will do well on the Alimta. Carbo can be rough - I didn't realize how bad I felt until I came off it. I don't think they like to keep you on it for very long. Carbo caused very low energy, slight nausea, low appetite, etc. It does work, however, as it did reduce my lung tumor, so we were pleased about that. Good luck and keep the faith!
Yes, in southern Oregon - near Grants Pass. Re the scans, I think they will be sometime in July or August. Not sure yet. Where are you based? Will you be attending the Summit next week?