Immunotherapy

As you all know, my son in law David who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer, started the immunotherapy last Friday. For four years he has been under the care of the oncologist, and was treated first with radiation therapy and then the hormone therapy along with Exgiva for the bones. Dave has been feeling quite good mostly. His PSA which was 97 at the time of diagnosis (normal range 0.1 to 4.0), had come down to 0.5. He has been very positive always and continued to work, which meant traveling in his line of work. He played golf and continues to play that whenever we get a good day here.

His PSA started climbing up slowly over the last five or six months. It was 4.0 at the last check up, and the oncologist thought that instead of chemotherapy, he should have the benefit of Immunotherapy. The good cells (immune) are harvested out of his blood, and after the phoresis, which takes about three or four days, are re injected into his system. These cells attack the cancer cells and the therapy continues every two weeks while he is monitored. This comes with some side effects, like tiredness and severe nausea, headache etc..

Dave was tired the first couple of days and slept a lot. But by the afternoon of the second day, he was feeling fit and fine, and not nauseous at all. He ate very well about which I was ecstatic. I had planned to go back to Chicago last Thursday to be with Eunice, and help her and return on Saturday night. I had called Saadi and asked if we all could meet on Sunday the 12th, so we could have her birthday (yesterday the 13th) dinner at our home. but Saadia had said that her birthday was the farthest from her mind, because of the treatment Dave would have got on Friday and she didn’t know how he would be feeling..So, I had cancelled my trip to Chicago. Of course Eunice didn’t want me to come and wanted me to be with Saadi and give her my support. I am glad I stayed back, and so glad that Dave had a good first session.  Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. I thank you all with a humble heart, full of gratitude for the outpouring of love you have shown towards my son in law. Blessings to all of you.

We did celebrate Saadi’s birthday yesterday. and the day before. I made some Indian food and took it over to her place on Saturday, and gave her the gifts yesterday.

 

 

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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19 Responses to Immunotherapy

  1. mrswrangler says:

    Hope the treatment works well. How is your friend doing?

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you. She says she is improving which I hope she is…. but she doesn’t like to worry any one and so I don’t really know until I go up there and see her.

  2. You must feel torn between Eunice and Dave. I hope both will recover. They’ll be in my prayers as always.

    • Zakiah says:

      I do Matt. Eunice is such a special person in my life. I want her to feel very good also. And Dave, he has been a son from day one. Thank you for your prayers.

  3. slmret says:

    Oh, Zakiah — I’m so very happy that Dave did so well in his first immunotherapy session. How long will he have these sessions? And it’s good that you were able to celebrate Saadia’s birthday so nicely. Will you be able to visit Eunice between Dave’s sessions? I hope your life will settle back down for you soon!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Janet; I am not sure how long these sessions will last, probably until the scans and results of blood work are improving. I am planning to go to see Eunice next week if possible.

  4. Tree says:

    This sounds like great news for Dave. I hope the treatment continues to work for him.

  5. Such GREAT news for Dave. I’m so glad. Will continue to pray Glad you got to celebrate the birthday too.
    How is Eunice doing? I know you’ll go see her as soon as you can..prayers for a safe and good trip.
    Love and hugs.

  6. I am so glad to hear this good news for Dave! 🙂

    It’s so difficult for you to have 2 people you love fighting health issues at the same time. 😦 But, they both know that you love them, care about them, and support them, SweetZ. That goes a long way! I know it did for me…just knowing people cared and were thinking about me got me through some tough days with my cancer. 🙂

    I hope Saadia could relax a bit and enjoy her birthday. Sounds like you made it a good one for her. 🙂

    I will keep praying for Dave and for Eunice. I hope you can spend some time with Eunice soon. When you see her, give her a hug from me.

    Oh…yesterday was Pi Day…so I’ll leave 3.141592653589793238462643383279+ HUGS!!! 😛
    I wonder when it is Pie Day?!?!? 🙂

  7. r_hsw says:

    glad to hear Dave is feeling better and able to eat better. Saadi deserved to have her bday celebrated, and i’m sure she’s glad to have you to celebrate her bday with.

  8. Zakiah says:

    Next week the cycle starts again. I have nothing but prayers to offer him. I hope he will get rid of this disease and go into remission.

  9. As usual I am awfully late . Sorry Zakiah.
    But let me tell you I am so happy to see the immunotherapy gives good results for Dave , your dear son in law .
    And Saadi could celebrate her birthday . I watched on facebook a picture of Saadi and you . You are both really beautiful.
    Love ❤
    Michel

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Dear Michel. I was in Chicago with Eunice my friend, helping her with food and taking her to appointments etc.
      Dave is doing better and his last session with immunotherapy will be next week. I hope that this regimen of treatment brings us all happiness. Thank you for your beautiful comment.

  10. Just stopping in to check on Dave, and on Eunice.
    They remain in my thoughts and prayers.
    How are YOU doing, SweetZ?
    ❤ and ((((HUGS))))

    • Zakiah says:

      Just got back from Chicago last night around 11. Eunice is doing well and seems a little stronger. The best part is that her appetite is improving, and she is able to eat a couple of TBS of food and drink some soup. I made some indian rotis/parathas ( similar to tortillas< but much better), and took some food full of proteins for her from here.
      Dave is hanging in there. His last session of immunotherapy is next week and then we wait and see how he has responded.
      Carolyn, I am humbled by your love. Thank you for your prayers. I am so grateful to you for your untiring compassion. Blessings to you.

      • Thank you for the updates.
        You’re welcome.
        I will keep praying for both of them.
        I have had Dave on my mind and in my prayers, and my wishes for his complete health in my heart, for a long time now. I want so badly for his precious family to have him healthy for decades to come.
        And I have added Eunice…she is in my prayers, on my mind, and in my heart. I want her to find healing.
        ❤ (((HUGS)))

  11. Zakiah says:

    Thank you dear heart! You are such a blessing!

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