Trastuzumab Emtansine Treatment 1

Lisa’s first treatment with Trastuzumab Emtansine (T-DM1) went very smoothly.

She was somewhat apprehensive before the infusion because her first Herceptin (Trastuzubab) infusion triggered a severe episode of rigors, which took about an hour to get under control. Luckily, this time she didn’t experience any adverse side effects and actually slept through most of it.

Although this first T-DM1 infusion took 90 minutes, we were at MGH for about 8 hours due to doctor appointments, blood draws, and just plain waiting around. (They do call them waiting rooms after all.) When you factor in the 2-4 hour one-way trip to MGH (depending upon traffic and weather), the entire trip made for a long day. We left home around 7 AM and arrived back home around 7 PM. To make Lisa as comfortable as possible, I setup a bed in the back of the SUV and she can now lie down for the entire trip.

Today is feeling pretty good. In fact, she felt well enough that we all went out to a local restaurant for lunch.

Her next treatment is in three-weeks and the overall trip should be shorter. Subsequent infusions will take only 30 minutes since her body will be accustomed to the drug and she won’t have as many doctor appointments or labs to do.

Until then, she’ll keep working on getting stronger and, although none are anticipated, we’ll keep an eye out for any adverse side effects.

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7 Responses to Trastuzumab Emtansine Treatment 1

  1. Mary Ferris says:

    Yessssss to T-DM1!!!! Please give Lisa all my love! My thoughts and prayers are with you always!

  2. Jackie Dubiel says:

    Hurray!!! Keep that smile going girl….and I am grateful too for you wonderful family and friends….lots of love. Jackie

  3. L,
    See I knew you would do good and each week will be easier than the last week. You will prevail, this I know.


  4. Thanks Scott. Hang in there. Hugs to all of you.

  5. alison harp says:

    God loves you and your children more than you will ever know, i am praying for you all everyday, and marvel at your strength and positive attitude..

  6. dolorescarron says:

    What good news, Lisa and Scott. Keep on keeping on! This old CT friend is cheering for you.
    Big ((((((((((HUGS)))))))))) from Dolores Carron

  7. Jim Greer says:

    Hi Lisa and Scott,

    I think about you guys every day. I am hoping the new treatment is effective. Would love it if you could stop by PVD one day if Lisa is up to it.

    All the Best


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