Removab 3.3

20130724-204433.jpgMy liver recovered enough that I was able to do a third Removab treatment in this cycle. Typically they always increase the dose, but in this case they kept it at 10 micrograms. That was a mistake.

Firstly they made me get up at 4:30 in the morning so that I could start the treatment at 5am. It was tough getting up after the past 3 weeks, which were pretty full on. And as it turns out, it was probably for nothing.

Unlike last time, I had absolutely no reaction to Removab. Not even a mild fever. I was very disappointed. The next day’s blood tests showed a mild increase in liver enzymes, but no change in white blood cell counts. These should go down as they are used up attacking the Removab tagged cells. But as Removab is a tri-clonal antibody, there is still a chance that the macrophages reacted to the second antibody. This would elevate the liver enzymes, but not raise the temperature. Failing that, the other possibility is that my body developed antibodies to Removab and these mopped it up before it do its work. Hope not.

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About Ren

I have been diagnosed with stage 4, metastatic colorectal cancer in October 2012, 3 days after my 44th birthday. There is no cure, but I am determined to go down the road less travelled to find one. I have setup this blog to document my journey and hopefully help others in the process. My view is that if there is a cure, it does not lie with traditional chemo, but with the immune system. Time will tell.
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One Response to Removab 3.3

  1. Rona0909 says:

    Hi Ren, I share you disappointment! That’s strange that they didn’t up the dose to 20mcg. And 4.30am! That’s even before the Hallwang Rooster starts crowing!

    Thanks for explaining about why the white blood cells go down.

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