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Jen had her first immunotherapy treatment yesterday. It included several hours of introduction/instructions/etc. The treatment itself took 2-3 hours. She was a little unhappy with whoever stuck her for the IV and will suggest they install a port next time. Should make things easier for everybody on down the road. She was pretty fatigued afterwards but that's one of the expected side effects. She also had some headache issues last night. Whatever they're pumping into her is not supposed to be as hard on you as chemo but each treatment may cause different reactions. The plan is to supercharge her immune system so it will fight the cancer. The danger is that her system may then attack other organs. It might as well be rocket science to me. She goes back for the next treatment on the 26th. I believe they will do a CAT or PET scan before each treatment to look for changes. I don't know if they have ironed out the insurance issues or not. Sure hope so.

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Doug; sure glad there is a glimmer of promise there. Continued prayers for her success and prayers for the rest of you and the family. I know how hard it can be on the family. Tell her that there are a lot old men here praying for her.
 

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Doug

I have been having immunotherapy for a year now. I had a kidney removed and the cancer had spread to my lungs and brain. I had a port installed before my first treatment. It is the way to go. No pain, no bruising. I am on a drug called Opdivo. I had a scan this February and it showed that the brain mass and the lung nodules had completely resolved. My Oncologist says it takes a while for the immune system to start working so don't expect to get scans right away.
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Will be thinking of her and praying. It sounds like it went about as well as it should have. I recently started a new treatment for my MS that is an 8 hr infusion. Totally different drugs than hers but still not fun. Will continue to pray for her.
 

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My Mom has been undergoing more standard chemo and radiation and has been sicker than Hell for months. She has only just learned about this type of treatment and if further treatment is needed, she will pursue this as well.

I can offer nothing but good wishes and prayers. Cancer is an evil curse.
 
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