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Lwest
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Joined: Jul 2017

My wife was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on May 12 2017. She has finished 6 rounds of chemo which did no good. The chemo just seems to have made her feel a lot worse. The oncologist wants to start her on Oopdivo. The cancer has spread to her brain, bones, liver and in her lymph nodes. My concern is at this point would it be better to bring in hospice and make her comfortable and try to give her a better quility of life or go through the whole chemo again.  Does anyone have any opinions on this? Please respond if anyone has had any experience with Oopdivo

MyJourneywithCancer
Posts: 83
Joined: May 2017

My friend, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in April last year, went through initial chemo followed by Opdivo till earlier this year. She had good responses to both. Opdivo is an immunotherapy and it works by removing breaks from body's immune system so that it can attack tumor cells. What I can tell from my limited experience, it also has much milder side effects compared to the classical chemo, and thus an excellent alternative as a second line of treatment. My personal suggestion would be to continue with that second option that we have, and to stay positive. I wish you the best.

Tammie47
Posts: 3
Joined: May 2017

I have been on opdivo a little over a year. I have went into remission and feel really good. Went back to work and living life.

mama2bandc
Posts: 1
Joined: Dec 2017

Hello,

My father is battling SCLC and currently getting Opdivo.  May I ask what kind of lung cancer and what stage you are?  Did you feel well throughout?  Any other treatments aside from Opdivo?

 

thank you so much,

Eva

Threedogs
Posts: 3
Joined: Dec 2017

My mother felt the best on Opdivo and really liked the treatment but it literally did nothing for her in terms of shrinking the mass. My mets advice is getting more than one opinion if you have access to multiple oncologists in your area.

MyJourneywithCancer
Posts: 83
Joined: May 2017

Sorry to hear about your mother. Can you please share here whether any of these is known from her biopsy: tumor mutation burden, mismatch deficiency status, any other genetic mutation, PD-L1 level? Also, how long she has been on Optivo?
I hope doctors will find a more appropriate treatment for her soon.

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