When I went down for the immunotherapy trial, I had to get EKGs, an ultrasound, an MRI, a PET scan, CT scan... I had to get all that stuff. The doctors and nurses were being really, really, really careful. They administered the drugs over a period of an hour and a half. I constantly had my nurse, Maria, coming in and checking on me, taking my blood pressure. Then, after I got done with the first treatment, they made me sit for an hour and a half. My first day there was eight hours. It was a long day. To the best of my knowledge, the only side effect I’ve had from this immunotherapy is, maybe one out of five visits, the next day I’ll have diarrhea. But I can’t even definitely attribute it to that.
After two treatments, they scanned me and they could see shrinkage. Then two more treatments and they scanned me again and they could see more shrinkage. It has now been six years since I was first diagnosed and the immunotherapy keeps the cancer in control. I go every three weeks for my treatment and have 20 days in between to do what I want to do.