Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Update on the trial of ofatumumab and Ibrutinib

Friends,

Here is an update on ofatumumab first part of my ibrutnib trial at OSU. I do this for for 5 more weeks the on the 9th week of the trial, I finally get my first taste of ibrutinib (PCI-32765). Can't wait.

Bad news:

I don't have common mouth numbness and tingling after three doses of ofatumumab, but my liver function tests have climbed a bit. The ALT is worst at 98 (almost 3x normal), but the AST and LDH are also up but not even twice normal . These are relatively mild changes and only found this one time. I was screening for hepatitis of course before starting, I don't drink anything stronger than green tea, and I avoid tylenol. Heck, I avoid everything. I am on a ton of meds that can effect the liver, but nothing has changed in years.

Even after my transplant, my liver tests stayed boring, in fact toward the very low end of normal. There was a much smaller rise in only was AST when I returned from China, but that was short lived and was trivial. Hopefully the same adjectives apply to this too. Maybe I don't take well to "foreign " foods.

The package insert doesn't mention it. But there isn't much on the common oral neuropathy either.

Generally side effects in drugs are not discovered until they get used by a lot of sick people.

Hence the morbid joke: Alway use a drug when it' s new while it still works and before we find out all that is wrong with it.

Lab next week's lab with see if it's a nothing blimp or perhaps a trend.

Good news:

Eosinophils are falling, almost back to normal (700). CBC is pretty normal, and the rest of the chemistry panel is good to go.

CLL is one weird disease. Full of blind spots and unexplained good and bad twists and turns.

Very good news:

Nodes are smaller. Definitely not gone, but definitely smaller, and my GI symptoms are better.

Could the tumor kill and the cleansing action of the liver be the cause of the increases in AST, ALT and LDH? My white count was normal going into the trial and still is now.

Any other CLLers seen a bump in the liver tests with ofatumumab?

Disappointingly, I did not get to talk with Dr. Byrd so I don't have his take on this or on some much bigger and impactful issues and decisions that I am facing.

So I am still chewing on it and trying to round its corners as I move forward.

And I keep my mantra going: Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react, Under react.

Slowly and with awareness.

Nice n' easy does it every time (with thanks to BERGMAN, ALAN / BERGMAN, MARILYN / SPENCE, LEW and of course Frank Sinatra).

Please enjoy the linked video. I sure did: the chairman of the board and Gene Kelly together.

Ah, that's better.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Hi Brian, Hope you can follow this link to an inspiring Cohen tune. Praying for you everyday.
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March 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM  

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