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.