Monday 18th February… Ib+4 and a Result!

It was check up day today, 4 days after I started taking the Ibrutinib. (this morning was the fifth dose). One of the questions I asked was how long it might take to start acting, but as the response is variable, there wasn’t really a definitive answer, but I was hoping that there might be some evidence today. However, yesterday I thought could sense some changes in the shape and nature of the visible enlarged lymph node. My concern was that I was seeing what I was looking for, but this morning I was convinced that I was’t imagining things, so it was with some excitement that I attended the outpatient clinic for blood tests and a check up.

The results are good – very good! The visible lymph node has shrunk and is softer (and its reasonable to assume that any other enlarged but non visible ones will be shrinking too). But the blood chemistry results sowed a reversal of the past deterioration, particularly liver function and some other markers. My kidney function (creatinine clearance) has also improved, but I need to keep up the hydration which will help improve things.

So a very good day. 🙂 My next check-up is in three weeks, but I will be doing a weekly blood test at my GP – this is to ensure that I’m not in danger from the breakdown products of the cells, (tumour lysis syndrome).

Longer term, I’ll probably have a PET scan in about 3 months or so to see where we are with the lymphoma.

So very much Onwards and Upwards 🙂


4 Responses to “Monday 18th February… Ib+4 and a Result!”

  1. Liz on 18 Feb 2019 at 22:08 #

    Hurray! I am so glad that you have had some good news!

    Lots of love,
    Liz xxx

  2. Peter on 18 Feb 2019 at 22:10 #

    Yes! Huge relief! 🙂 xx

  3. Angela on 18 Feb 2019 at 22:47 #

    That makes a great read Peter! Good news.

  4. Peter on 18 Feb 2019 at 23:24 #

    It was good writing it too! 🙂 xx