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My dad is a participant in the immunotherapy trial at Johns Hopkins. He is in the arm receiving GVAX vaccine, low-dose chemo, Nivolumab, and Listeria. I just wanted to update this board for anyone who is interested.
We just got home from his second line of treatment (the first was 3 weeks ago). We live in NJ, so the ride to Baltimore is about 3 and a half hours. He is tolerating this time much better than the last! after his GVAX injections (6 big needles) he had a rough ride home with flu-like symptoms, vomiting, fever, chills, nausea. This time, we had a smooth ride home! His only symptoms were soreness at the injection sites and mild fatigue.
The trial is amazing. It's fascinating to hear the doctors and nurses talk about what this trial aims to do. I am very thankful that my dad was accepted after many many complications that led us to believe it may never happen!
Would love to hear from anyone who is in a similar trial, or any trial at
all! I believe that these trials are making big things happen so that we can
kill this awful cancer.
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