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My mom was diagnosed with NSCLC and was approved for keytruda. She has a small tumor in her lung and an even smaller, hardly visible one in her liver. Everything else came back clear. The keytruda will be her first treatment. What can we expect from this? Side effects? I know all cancer is different , but I would love to hear from someone who has taken it. Is it even possible this could shrink her liver tumor so they can operate on her lung or lead to remission? She is obviously stage IV so I know it is very serious and I'm worried about how much time I have left with her. My other question is, they never told her the size of the spots in her lung and liver. This may be a dumb question, but do the size of these matter at all or give any indication how advanced it is? She doesn't ask any questions during appointments so I'm trying to learn as much as possible. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide .
Hi, My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer met to liver a year ago. He did chemo from last november to about two months ago, 6 or 7 weeks ago he started OPDIVO which was recently approved. While he had some side effects on the chemo, but really nothing that slowed him down, this new "drug" has devistated him. He had 3 treatments once every two weeks for 6 weeks, and it was like he was ready to die. It all coinicided with this new Opdivo treatment. We actually had to hospitalize him last week for a few days. It's like his body is attacking itself and not the cancer. But his blood work was supposedly normal, and all the tests. Catscan taken last week revealed no growth or decline and the actual cancer was stable. Has anyone been on this? Has anyone else had every possible side effect? Can you come back from the side effects? Thank you, Karen