Lou Williams back on Keytruda after break of 6 months!
Sep 10, 2016 — Hi, March 2015 I was on death's door. With a couple of weeks of living on oxygen 24/7, morphine, 42 kilos, red blood cells stopped producing needing blood transfusions, appetite non existent, body shutting down fast and bed ridden.
At a cost to us, I was given a lifeline to Keytruda. It brought me back to good health within 3 months, weight improved, appetite returned, no need for oxygen or high morphine meds giving me excellent quality of life and my life back! Tumours shrunk significantly and fluid decreased in peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma.
I continued on Keytruda infusions every 3 weeks for 1 year.
I had a scan end Feb 2016 showing 2 nodules growing inside chest wall. As my immune system was high thanks to Keytruda my oncologist Dr Allan Zimet took me off Keytruda to hit these nodules with new chemo Vinoralbine combined with carboplatin. Unfortunately I had a severe reaction to the chemo steroid drug dexamethasone on this new chemo regime and build up of it in my body over 13 yrs of treatment. Basically I went into a coma at home and was rushed to hospital where it was a life and death situation. I pulled through (again) learning to eat, walk and get back to quality of life. This caused my pancreas to shut down and me becoming a diabetic type 1 injecting daily.
I had 3 mths of the chemo minus steroid dexamethasone and had scan end of July showing this chemo did zilch and tumours now on rise inside chest wall and tumour on liver growing.
After 6 mth break since finishing Keytruda I am now back on 3 weekly infusions to shrink these little buggars! I will never never never give up!