Last week George and I met with my oncologist to discuss my pending treatment with the new immunotherapy drug Keytruda.
Unfortunately it would seem that I am not compatible, more to the point my cancer is normal, average………!!
Well I have been many things in my life, but average………? How rude!
While being disappointed with this news, the positive is that my cancer is not the aggressive kind which apparently Keytruda works best on.
That said, I still have the faith that they are researching ways into how this treatment can be manipulated to work on my type. And hopefully in the future this, or something similar, will become available.
I still really believe that immunotherapy is the way forward and that, with the current pace of research, even better targeted approaches will become first line treatments. (Although detection and prevention still remains vital to kicking the ass out of this terrible disease).
As for me, the options remain of chemotherapy – which I really am not looking forward to – but fortunately there is also a biological therapy that I would benefit from called Avastin.
As with Keytruda it is available, but not on the NHS. However, I will start this treatment privately at the Nuffield in Brighton every two weeks at the cost of £1500 per treatment.
So there’s the thing, money continues to give me options and for that and all your contributions, marathon running and efforts in helping support, not just me, but also my family, I am and will always be truly grateful to each and every one of you, as, without the money raised, I would not be able to have this treatment.
Will update again soon,
Love to all