Just wondering if anyone that is having immunotherapy using Nivolumab is experiencing any side-effects?
My Dad is having this treatment for lung cancer and so far is doing well and the tumour is reducing in size. The worst part of the treatment is the side-effect that he is experiencing. Dad has developed a chronic itch and nothing seems to ease it. As advised he is showering in QV wash plus using Sorbolene body lotion after showering. The itch became so bad that he was prescribed medication/antihistamines.
Over a period of time he has taken:
- Endep 25 (to help him sleep)
- Loratadine (steroid)
All of the above only give relief for a short period then the itch returns.
One Oncologist prescribed the Loratadine, however, another Oncologist said to stop taking it, as with it being a steroid, it will lessen the effect of the immunotherapy.
Dad is going insane with the itch. Is anyone experiencing this same problem or has anyone got some advice about easing the itch (maybe a home remedy that has worked?)
His Oncologist has recently given him a two week break from treatment, but
I am so worried that if the itch can't be brought under control the Oncologist may stop the treatment altogether.
Any feedback would be most welcome!
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As a Carer to both of my parents I find that music keeps me going.
I would highly recommend anyone that is going through a bad time or just feeling lonely or miserable to listen to Rachel Platten. She is an up and coming artist with an album just released this week. I have been listening to both of her singles (Fight Song and Stand By You) on repeat for weeks now. Her music is so uplifting and inspirational. It is guaranteed to give you hope and the will to get up and keep going.
Hope you enjoy her music as much as I do!
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Wow, how interesting that you and my Dad are so similiar in your blood problems (only dad hasn't been given transfusions, only delays in treatment).
I found your information very interesting. I have been doing plenty of research on supplements and I am open to any info that people want to send me eg recipes, info on supplements etc. I will read anything and everything if it means helping Dad.
A friend just told me on Friday that her husband (who is fighting lung cancer that has spread to his bones) was told to drink Sunraysia's Heart Beet Beetroot and Apple Juice as it has many benefits for anaemia and also is known to prevent chemo from damaging healthy cells. It also lowers blood pressure so I am a bit concerned about that as Dad already has low blood pressure.
Thanks for the links, I haven't had time to look at them yet as I am about to go and visit Dad right now, but I will definitely get to them asap. I really appreciate your interest and help.
I will "add you as a friend" and would appreciate the dietary info you daughter has researched. ONLY if it's not too much trouble - I feel lazy expecting you to send it to me, I should be doing my own research.
I hope all keeps going well for you. Go the Steroids!!!
Thanks again Greg!
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