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Hi David- “Chemo” could include very harmful chemicals. Darzalex is immunotherapy that’s now available for multiple myeloma and brought my numbers to normal in 8 treatments and a friend’s in 5 (all his previous chemo and SCT had failed).
NO MORE CHEMO, w it’s hideous side-effects, is needed anymore (no SCT either).
Please suggest Darzalex in place of chemo these days.
I understand what you are saying. As a MM survivor who has lives with several different chemotherapy-induced long-term and late stage side effects, I agree with your thinking. Chemo, all chemotherapy regimens, bring short, long-term and late stage side effects.
It would be a huge disservice to MM patients and survivors if I suggested that darzalex was not “chemotherapy” as you suggest. Let me explain.
There are several challenges facing multiple myeloma patients and survivors:
First, MM is incurable. As such, MM patients and survivors take a combination of chemotherapy regimens one at a time until the patient’s MM becomes resistent to the regimen (MDR), followed by the next therapy, remission, relapse, etc.
Second, Darzelex is a chemotherapy based on the NCI’s definition of the term and does have short, long-term and late stage side effects. As the article linked and excerpted below states, the serious side effects are rare but they do happen.
MM patients have died because of darzalex…
Thirdly, according to the study linked below, darzelex works much better as a MM therapy when it is combined with SOC MM chemotherapy regimens.
In short, MM patients and survivors need both darzelex AND all other FDA approved MM chemotherapy drugs. The key is to take/urdergo as little chemo, endure as little toxicity as possible while managing your multiple myeloma. Balance the damage done by chemo with the damage done by your MM.
Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Chemotherapy may be given by mouth, injection, or infusion, or on the skin, depending on the type and stage of the cancer being treated. It may be given alone or with other treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy, or biologic therapy.
Eight clinical studies looked at how effective Darzalex was at treating multiple myeloma, alone and combined with other cancer-fighting drugs. The research showed that treatment of multiple myeloma was more effective if Darzalex was added to standard cancer treatments than if these standard treatments were given alone…
Darzalex side effects
Serious side effects
Serious side effects from Darzalex aren’t common, but they can occur. Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency.
Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
Side effect details
You may wonder how often certain side effects occur with this drug. Here’s some detail on serious side effects this drug may cause.
As with most drugs, some people can have an allergic reaction after taking Darzalex. It’s not known how often people using Darzalex have allergic reactions…
Taking Darzalex may lead you to develop to a lung infection called pneumonia. This is because if you have multiple myeloma, you’re much more likely to get infections than healthy people.
In clinical studies, 11% to 26% of people who took Darzalex and standard multiple myeloma treatment developed pneumonia. This is compared to 6% to 14% of people who received just the standard treatment.
Pneumonia was the most commonly reported severe infection. Up to 4% of people across all the Darzalex studies had to stop taking the drug due to pneumonia. Death from pneumonia was very rare. But if death did occur, it was because of pneumonia and sepsis (a life-threatening response to infection)…”