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Cyclophosphamide availability

Discussion in 'Rituximab: News and Research' started by neweimear, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. neweimear

    neweimear Senior Member

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    Hi all
    Seeing as Fluge & Mella are trialling cyclophosphamide and there seems to be some responders at least, hopefully results will be published shortly of current trial. Is it likely that cyclo will be made available perhaps in Private Clinics in Norway in the next year if results are good or is the idea to find other less toxic drugs that may be beneficial for us, cyclo is simply a stepping stone toward that, not a drug that will be made available to us. Any thoughts? Sweet God, will we ever see treatment!!!
     
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  2. Kati

    Kati Patient in training

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    Hi @neweimear Cyclo is available worldwide and is fairly cheap. However as you mentioned it is a cytotoxic drug that should not be administered at home or without supervision of someone VERY knowledgeable in the kinds of toxicities that Cyclo presents with.

    The think is, at this point we do not understand yet what the exact pathology of ME and what Cyclo does if it turns out to work in our patient population. We have not teased the subsets as of yet. There is so much work to be done.

    I am hoping we can get more clarity once this trial publishes, and I am hoping that the research teams can get closer to find out cause and pathology of what ails us all, with the hope that it will attract further researchers, pharma, and very importantly serious funding to the field.
     
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  3. neweimear

    neweimear Senior Member

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    Hi Kati, that all sounds sensible but I feel every day is a day lost....if cyclo works for 2/3 patients, I would be almost willing to take my chances. Cyclo is available worldwide but an onocologist or rheumatologist willing to administer to an ME patient is a different matter. I hope some treatment options become available in next 2 to 3 years. Risky or not,
     
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  4. Kati

    Kati Patient in training

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    I hope so too @neweimear. The clinical trial framework is in place so that the most important questions are asked:
    - is this drug safe at the dosage evaluated? (Have any patient died?)
    - is this drug effective?
    - are there further toxicities for the patient group tested?
    - what is the optimal dosage?
    - which group (or subset) of paient is more likely to respond.

    I am impatiently waiting for the paper to publish.
     
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  5. neweimear

    neweimear Senior Member

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    Cant wait to hear results!!
     
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  6. Webdog

    Webdog Senior Member

    Here's hoping Xmas comes early this year. :thumbsup:
     
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  7. Jesse2233

    Jesse2233 Senior Member

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    This is very anecdotal so take it with a grain of salt, but from what I've heard around 30-40% of the RTX non-responders from the Phase 2 trial had a clinically significant response to CTX. Also the initial side effects are quite difficult. We'll have to wait and see if the actual study confirms this.
     
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  8. deleder2k

    deleder2k Senior Member

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    From what I've heard some patients experienced nasty side effects. Deterioration of their ME symptoms. Some ME patients experience gets worse than regular patients that get cyclo for cancer. I think they are thinking about lowering the dosage to see if it yields the same results.
     
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  9. Snow Leopard

    Snow Leopard Hibernating

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    Doesn't surprise me. Cyclophosphamide is not a friendly drug.
     
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  10. neweimear

    neweimear Senior Member

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    I think alot of us would undergo treatment with rough side effects if we thought we would get a remission that would last for a reasonable amount if time. If results of cyclo trial are good, its finding a doctor that will prescribe it for ME that could be a problem down the line, considering alot of doctors dont recognise it for the serious illness it is. Will we all be jetting to Norway down the line. It seems to be the only country that is developing reasonable recognition for M.E.
     
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  11. Kenny Banya

    Kenny Banya Senior Member

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    Not if it's listed with the European Medicines Agency
     
  12. deleder2k

    deleder2k Senior Member

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    What do you mean? As long as the drug is approved the drug can be used. The laws in each country decide whether off-label use is allowed or not.
     
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  13. Kenny Banya

    Kenny Banya Senior Member

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    Listed, so it can be used on-label & hence paid for by governments
     
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    jpcv Senior Member

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    @Snow Leopard, @neweimear , @Kenny Banya ,@deleder2k , @Jesse2233
    My perspective , as a Clinical Oncologist and ME patient,on the use of Cyclo:

    1-Cyclo is a cheap drug, much more affordable than RTX, so I imagine that more people will be able to pay for the treatment.
    2-I think Cyclo , used as a single drug,in the dosage described in the trial abstract,is a friendly drug.
    I have treated countless patients with this dosage and schedule, and also in association with another drugs.
    Obviously there are side efects, but they are manageable, and in the rare cases that a patient has significant toxicity, it usualy comes from the drugs used with cyclo.
    3- maybe ME patients have more side effects with the drug, that´s why it´s important to wait for the trial results: eficacy, side effects and so on.
    4- If the trial shows that Cyclo works, with side effects usualy known to the drug, I would take it without blinking.
    It doesn´t have to cure you, a performance status improvement is a valid goal.
     
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  15. neweimear

    neweimear Senior Member

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    Thank you jpcv for that interesting info. So looking forward to trial results, as you say an improvement would be so welcome...@jpcv do u know if cyclo can put other autoimmune conditions into remission or would maintenance treatment with cyclo be needed?
     
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    From Jonathan Edwards on another thread
     
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    neweimear Senior Member

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    Gosh, 3 mths of an improvement would be very little given the harshness of cyclo. Maybe ME patients will respond in a different way, I understand monthly infusions were given for 6 months and patients then monitored for next 12 months...
     
  18. deleder2k

    deleder2k Senior Member

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    Remember that ME is not R.A :)

    @jpcv, some of the patients had more side effects than cancer patients get. I think they are doing a new pilot now with a lower dosage to see whether they can reduce side effects while maintaining the effect on the ME symptoms. I guess we will know much more about this when the study is published. Hopefully before Jesus' birthday.
     
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    jpcv Senior Member

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    Yes, I agree with you, . Taking cyclo once in a month for 6 months is one thing, taking it multiple times is much more toxic.
     
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  20. Kenny Banya

    Kenny Banya Senior Member

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    Thank you for contributing to the forum
     
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