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January 12, 2015 at 1:06 am #22309
I concluded my 4th infusion of Yervoy on September 25. Starting in November, severe fatigue, diarrhea, aching joints and muscles (like arthritis) made everything an effort. My scans this week showed nothing new, all existing lesions either stable or shrinking. Terrific!
My only complication is a case of “intussusception,” which is when the small intestine telescopes and folds on itself. My question for all of you has to do with cases of perforated gut, colitis and inflamed bowel as possible (severe) side effects of Yervoy.
1) Could intussesception be caused by inflammation, and thus, possibly rectify itself? My inflammation seems to ebb and flow.
2) What is the actual action that causes perferation of the intestine when it is inflamed? That is, when folks say that the greatest challenge with Yervoy is the risk of a perforation, what is the physical cause?
Thanks in advance for your help. I will be seeing a gastro specialist this week, but he/she has no experience with Yervoy.
LesliJanuary 12, 2015 at 2:16 am #66068jeff77Participant
Lesli, so glad for the good news! I had an intussuseption that was so painful / dangerous that it require immediate surgery. Does not sound like version you have. However, my understanding is melanoma lesions in the intestines are pretty difficult to spot. My intussusception was caused by a lesion that was apparently growing slowly and did not get picked up by CT scan but eventually caused the telescoping in on each other. I was on PD-1 trial at time and there was reason to believe from the pathology from surgery that PD-1 was at least partially working on the lesion but still resulted in the intussusception. Not sure if this is useful info or notJanuary 16, 2015 at 3:49 am #66069 Thanks so much for your response, Jeff. I will pursue the underlying cause in the coming weeks for sure.
I still wonder about Yervoy, colitis and the role of inflammation. If I get an answer in the coming weeks, I’ll share.
LesliJanuary 17, 2015 at 2:40 pm #66070JBunyanParticipant
This is a UK Cancer Support website that gives a rundown on Yervoy. I was lucky to have had no symptoms during the 4 doses but I have some arthritis and vitilago now – luckily so far I am in remission.January 17, 2015 at 8:44 pm #66071jualonsoParticipant Hi Jbunyan, congratulations for being NED after ipi. I finished 4 dose of yervoy too few days ago. No side effects so far, just a little fatigue i think. But my problem is that some lymph nodes are swelling during this period. My onc said that sometimes, there are swelling before ipi works.
did you feel something similar?
JuanJanuary 18, 2015 at 2:16 pm #66072JBunyanParticipant
My oncologist did warn that some mets may have a (hopefully temporary) increase in size before (again hopefully) shrinking or even disappearing. My torso mets took about 3 months after final Ipi dose to be non detectable by CT. I realise that the Ipi response is around 20 – 30% but I just hope it lasts. My next CT is in March so hoping for the best. I think the 2 – 3 month CT scan post Ipi is the one to watch.January 30, 2015 at 2:39 pm #66073rick1981Participant
How are you doing? Wishing you well !
RickFebruary 13, 2015 at 4:03 pm #66074
Jeff, thank you for sharing your experience. To bring some closure to this thread, and for those to come who might have a similar question, I too had a tumor in my small intestine that was not “visible” but for the intussusception that followed. While I had been hoping that the symptoms I was experiencing were related to Yervoy inflammation, in fact I had a tumor that my intestines worked hard to move on through. The gut collapsed on itself (like an old car antennae, was the analogy supplied by the surgeon) which led to emergency surgery for a blockage. A complete blockage is impossible to miss, since it caused me to be violently ill (on a plane to New Orleans, no less).
I am recovering from laparoscopic surgery now and am grateful for PD-1 in the near future.February 15, 2015 at 12:22 pm #66075buffcodyParticipant
Was the tumor removed through the laproscopic surgery? I’m dealing with a tumor on my duodenum and am looking into surgery, the less involved the better, though I at this point am hearing more about full bore Whipple procedure.February 16, 2015 at 4:11 pm #66076cherisParticipant
I hope you are feeling better. I also had a blockage that resolved itself right before I had a tumor in my intestine removed. It took them almost a year and many, many tests before the tumor showed up on one of the tests ( my second capsule endoscopy). I’m happy that you’ll be able to take advantage of PD1 if you need it. Good luck.
CherisFebruary 16, 2015 at 4:22 pm #66077
As I was going in to surgery, the hope was to remove the tumor laparoscopically, but a full blown incision was a possibility. I signed on the line for all of it. I was lucky they were able to remove the tumor (ping pong ball size) laparoscopically, which reduced the recovery time in the hospital from 7 days to 4.
That said, damaged abdominal muscles are damaged abdominal muscles. Give me a craniotomy any day
We don’t use our heads as often as we do our stomach muscles.
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