Spoiling the kids with plantain chips and cookies in rehab
In mid-March 2016 her scans returned that the bigger tumor on her side had grown though the other little ones hadn't. Doctor suggested she try something else. A week later she went on Drug #4- nivolumab (Opdivo). Nivolumab is a type of immunotherapy, which stimulates the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells. Nivolumab blocks a signal that cancer sends to prevent your body's activated T-cells from attacking the cancer. It's purpose is to stop the cancer from blocking your immune system.
In June scan showed a lot of growth so she was changed to a combo drug #5- Lenvatinib (Lenvima), which targets VEGF, combined with everolimus (Afinitor), which targets mTOR. (As I explained in an earlier post, VEGF is a protein which helps cancer grow blood vessels, and MTOR is a protein that makes cells divide and grow.)
On Sunday, June 24, she checked into the emergency room with stomach pain. The doctors in consultation with her doctor decided she had an infection, treated the infection, and tried to figure out what it was. Though she got over the infection they didn't know what it was nor did they solve the issue of her pain directly, instead opting to put her on more pain medication. With Zelmy's assistance, she moved to a rehab on Thursday. Rehab is going well, and hopefully she's getting out next week.
With Zelmy who is awesome.