24th April 03:49
A labrat's verdict on Erbitux (cancer diarrhea)
It's about time to get off the fence and give an unbiased opinion,
Well, IM<HO, this Erbitux, or C225, whatever you call it, is the best
thing since sliced bread. I've been on it for 13 weeks now. My CEA has
fallen from over 21,000 to something below 1550 (1550 was my reading
three weeks ago. It's likely to be somewhat lower now). On top of that,
there are very few really nasty side effects. I do get sick to my
stomache for one day a week - the exact day always being a surprize and
complete mystery. It's never the day OF chemo, and rarely the day after,
but it can easily be the day BEFORE my NEXT chemo, or the day before
The nausea ain't much fun. There is NO WARNING. One second, you're
feeling fine and the next you need a bucket, Once you're done being sick,
you feel great again - even hungry at times. My wife tells me it sounds
kinda like I'm Pregnant - but that's inconceivable, if you'll pardon the
pun (and even if you won't. . . .)
Now, the place I go to get this drug is the ONLY place where it's
available on the east coast, so there are quite a few Erbitux patients
there and naturally, we all end up swapping war stories. The weird thing
is, every one there is doing WONDERFULLY well on the Erbitux. Now, don't
read TOO much into this. If your cancer progresses, you are immediately
taken off the drug and thrown out of the study. Still, no one is
complaining about pain, or loss of feeling in their hands, or diarrhea,
or any of those other little 'gifts' that come free of charge with most
forms of chemo.
In any event, my verdict??
Erbitux is a winner- perhaps a real breakthru in the treatment of cancer.
I understand that they are considering the option of opening up this
trial so that more people can get the drug. I also understand that the
rumored release of the drug is 'right around the corner'.
I hope the rumors are true. If nothing else, the result with this drug
has helped me get my attitude back to something more positive, and THAT,
I Know, is a BIG step.
That's it from the Ratcave. More as events warrant.
Lowkey the lowly Labrat
27th April 19:53
A labrat's verdict on Erbitux (cancer)
John, Thank you for sharing with us. I have been an investor in
Imclone, maker of Erbitux, for over 4 years and have watched with
pleasure and horror as they have tried to get their drug through the
FDA process. If you don't mind me asking, what type of cancer are you
being treated for ? Did you have any prior treatments before erbitux.
Thank you. Wishing you all the best of health.
7th May 00:58
A labrat's verdict on Erbitux (colon cancer)
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
No, I do not mind you asking at all.
I am being treated for colon cancer, stage iv.I've had several rounds of
chemo prior to this - in fact, the trial protocol that I'm on now insists
that all the labrats in the study have failed conventional treatments,
like 5FU+CPT and Oxaliplatin, Xeloda, etc.
Hope that helps
Lowkey the lowly Labrat.