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Just checking in after long absence due to full time work and family and generally enjoying life! Had PET and brain MRI last week and no signs of any cancer 18 months after lung resection and 3 years after stopping Keytruda.
My PET lit up like a Xmas tree with my arthritis/spondylitis through my entire body which of course is also quite painful most of the time so my onc has suggested having another go of infliximab which worked a treat last time. However whether a coincidence or not, that’s when the cancer in my lung started growing again. Now that’s been cut out he thinks it’s worth another try. Any thoughts? At the moment I am managing full time work and most everything I used to do. I suppose I am worried if I do the infliximab it might allow the cancer more room to grow and if I don’t and the cancer doesn’t return and I live longer, the arthritis will really affect my later quality of life…
Good to hear from you!! Even if under these good…yet complicated…circumstances! So glad you are doing well, working, playing and living it up with your NED status still intact!!! What to do now? I don't know what to tell you, other than the data would say that the development of your last tumor was a sad fluke, rather than a result of your infliximab. Do I know that for a fact? Absolutely not. Life is a crap shoot and living with melanoma certainly is!!! So, I have no great words of wisdom nor clear cut answer for you. Sorry. I guess, like most things in melanoma, we just have to choose to do what seems the most reasonable for our life and survival at the time. I wish it were more clear than that in your case. But, I know you and your docs will figure out what is best for you!!! And…I love you bunches! (Not that that helps! HA!) Hang in there and keep playing that fiddle. yours, celeste
Anne-Louise, glad to hear that you're doing well. I recall your history with arthritis, but not the details of your treatment. I've had a decent run on methotrexate for immunotherapy-induced arthritis. Not 100% relief, but decent. I'm also on 5mg/day prednisone–more for low cortisol than arthritis.
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