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Vectibix/Low ejection fraction rate

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Is anyone on Vectibix? My brother has been on it for a few months and is having issues with a rash, which is much worse than the Erbitux rash he once had. He's on best friends terms with his dermatologist these days. But worse, his magnesium is very low. He's had to have several magnesium infusions over the last couple of weeks. I was away for 2 weeks, and of course, all this happened during my vacation to visit the grandchildren. Now his onc is on vacation so I have to wait to talk to his oncologist.  Tomorrow we go to his cardiologist for an echo to check on his heart function, so we'll have to see what he thinks about this whole mess. He goes back to his oncologist next week. I wonder if they will switch his meds again.

Took my brother to his cardiologist today. The echo showed that his ejection fraction rate is only 33%, which is back down. The doctor think he'll have to come off the Vectibix and possibly switch to another chemo. The cardiologist and oncologist need to talk, but I'm guessing they'll let his body rest for a short period to heal the rashes and then will begin a new chemo. I hope there's another chemo that won't affect his heart so much. I am sure the doctor will call me this week to discuss.



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I'm bumping this page up for you. 

I can't help with the question on Vectibix, but I'm sure someone out there has some experience. 

I'm glad you were able to get away over Christmas. I hope you don't feel at all guilty that your brother had more problems while you were gone; I call it Sod's Law. 

I'm sure he is happy to have you home, though; your dad also. 

Keep us posted. 

Sue - Trubrit

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My Christmas break was great. It was wonderful spending time with the grandbabies.

Still waiting to hear from the oncologist.  I assume they will stop chemo for a while to build him back up.

I hope you're doing well.



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