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Hello guys ! I am stage 4 on pembrolizumab, with good response and shrinkage of most of my tumors up to now.
Unfortunately 2 days ago I tested positive for covid ! Now I am really scared that maybe this virus in my body will make my immune system crazy and stop the immunotherapy from working ! Is this possible ?
Has anyone else tested positive for covid and still got good response on immunotherapy ? Please any answer will be appreciated, I am very scared and sad, I had just got good news finally from my scans and now I am terrified again !!!
Sorry for dealing with COVID. However, there is no data to indicate that having COVID or any other illness while on therapy will diminish response to said therapy. It just makes the process more miserable. Hope you are better soon. Take care.
I agree with Celeste. Also, I had Covid in November 2021 while on pembro (stage 4) and I continued to have great response to the immunotherapy. Now NED for one year!!!
Have a good weekend!
PS I don’t have my smell back yet but I intend to get it back:)
Thank you so much my dear friends for your kind replies ! I spent another 2 weeks full on anxiety, I am sorry I am late to reply. Thankfully everything went well, my onc prescribed me the paxlovid and after 2 days I felt much better.
Then of course my anxiety hit again and I was scared of rebound, so more sleepless nights for me ! I hope everything will go better in the future for al of us ! Thank you again for being such amazing supporters for all of us in this forum !
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