Apr 13, 2014 - 9:54 pm
Tuesday I have my first infusion of Human Blood Plasma Immunoglobulin g. I have CVID which increases my chances of getting gastric cancer by 50%. Compare that to smoking increasing lung cancer risk by 15% to 30%. The problem is, while the infusions have been proven to help a patient prevent infections, there is not much proof they can help prevent cancer. "gastric, lung and "skin" cancers were mentioned in the information regarding Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID). Since Squamous cell is a skin cancer - there you go. I truly believe those who have not tested positive for HPV, and that is most of us here, should learn about this condition. CVID is the most common immune deficiency - thus the name Common Variable Immune Deficiency. It affects about 1 out of 50,000 people although I can't help but believe it is under-diagnosed. The treatments are really expensive and in the past, people diagnosed with it would lose their insurance.
Wish me luck. The infusions have a chance of helping prevent future infections but their effectiveness to prevent cancer has not been substantiated. Lymphoma is another cancer it is related to. The future looks bleak but today I was good. I am good. We only have today anyway.
I guess the only downside, to the infusions themselves however, beside the three to four hours it takes every three weeks more or less is the chance of getting some microbacteria that escapes the cleansing process and could give me an infection such as Hepatitis C. But the insurance company approved it right away - no problem. The Immunologist says they know it saves them money in the long run for people to have the infusions.
Some people never know why they got Anal cancer. In my case, with the diagnosis of Common Variable Immune Deficiency, this question for me has been answered. Right now I am grateful my immune system is getting the help it always needed.
Good luck to everyone. Keep asking questions and advocating for your good health.