Oh sweet Julie, I am so sorry to hear this news. I will be praying for you like crazy. I have always followed your posts, and have been absent from the boards for several months and am now just catching up again. Sending much love and hugs.
Melinda

December 1st marked seven years from the day of my diagnosis. On one hand, it feels like forever ago, and on the other hand it feels like yesterday. Liver resection, three VATS, right lung thoracotomy, chemo regimens, clinical trial treatments, and now Pembrolizumab. It is crazy that this is the first time I can actually see a possibility of being NED. .......so much to be thankful for! !
Melinda

I would love that! I sent you an email through the forum of this board, it has my contact info. Let me know if you received it, and we can make plans. Sending lots of hugs and prayers for great scan results for Sean. Take care!
Melinda

Kris is larger than life and can sing like a pro.......praying we get to do a little karaoke again in the near future!!

That is great news! I will be at NIH for treatment and scans on the 15th,16th, 28th, and 29th. Please let me know if you will be there at those times, I would love to meet up and say hello. Take care,
Melinda Bachini

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(19 replies, posted in In Remembrance)

Dear Nancy,

I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom. Sending prayers for strength, peace and comfort to engulf you and keep you strong. If you ever need to talk, you know how to reach me, I have been thinking of you lots these past few weeks. Take care and lots of hugs to you.
Melinda

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(85 replies, posted in Clinical Trials)

Dear everyone,

I am long overdue for an update on the clinical trial I have been in at NIH. In the past five years the trial has been amended several times as progress is being made. The last treatment I received was in October of 2013. I received about 126 billion mutation reactive t-cells, and that has been what has fought my cc. I have had a great quality of life, with no side effects after treatment.

The end of August this year, I went for my checkup. My tumors had been looking like they were trending upward for the most part of this year, the growth was minor, but the trend was up. The research team made the decision they wanted to do surgery to remove tumors from my right lung to further study them and see what was going on.

In September, I had a thoracotomy on my right lung. Good news is they were able to remove all remaining tumors in that lung. Bad news is it was one of the toughest procedures I have had to date. They were able to study the tumors, re-sequence them, and decide the next plan of action. I still had the same mutation ERBB2IP, and there was still mutation reactive t-cells present at the tumor site. They also did PD-L1 immunohistochemical staining on my tumors. The tumor cells didn't express PD-L1, but were infiltrated with a lot of macrophages that highly expressed PD-L1. Based on these findings they felt it was plausible that the high expression of PD-L1 in the tumor environment could be actively suppressing the high frequency of PD-1 expressing mutation-reactive T cells that are in my tumors.

Based on these findings, they started treating me with Pembrolizumab on October 13th. After my second dose, I had scans done. The scans showed significant shrinkage to the tumors in my left lung.....which is the only place I have tumors left. I will do two more treatments and repeat the scans at the end of December. I am beyond thrilled with these results.

Just for reference, I wanted to tell you that Pembrolizumab has been added to the trial, but was added after I received my cells, so future patients will be getting it with the initial cell treatment. I am technically on a compassionate use protocol off the original protocol since I am the first to get the Pembrolizumab after cell infusion. (3 years after in my case)

Sorry for the long update and explanation and sorry for the delay in updating this post.

Hugs and prayers,
Melinda

Tim and Julie,
How is the treatment going for Sean on this trial? I just wanted to check in for an update.
Thanks,
Melinda Bachini

Awesome job Lisa! Thank you so much!

Oh my dear  Barbara,
What wonderful pictures and a spectacular event! You are amazing and I love you to pieces. Thank you so much for the effort you put into this fundraiser for the Foundation, for awareness, for a cure and for the sweet memory of your love for Jacque. It is on my bucket list to attend the event soon!
Love you,
]Melinda

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(6 replies, posted in In Remembrance)

Dear Sharon,

I am so very sorry for the loss of your Phil. I hope and pray that you will have peace, comfort  and strength in time. Thank you for wanting to give to others who are going through what you have experienced. That is a priceless gift that only comes from the heart.

Thank you to your son in law for bringing awareness and running for Phil, how awesome!!

Love and prayers,
Melinda

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(4 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

I highly recommend the annual conference for all patients and caregivers that are able to make it. It is a great way to connect with fellow survivors and caregivers. There is no other feeling in the world when that connection is made.......one of a kind feeling for sure. At last year's conference many friendships were made and so many stories shared. It was super empowering to put faces to names and make a connection.

I am looking forward to another amazing conference this year and hope to see many of you there!
Melinda

Scott,

Wonderful news! So happy for the shrinkage and hope that you are feeling better with the other issues! Take care!

Melinda

Absolutely great news Katrina!! So happy to hear of this!
Melinda

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(8 replies, posted in In Remembrance)

Dear Daisy,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. Sending prayers for strength, peace and comfort.
Melinda

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(10 replies, posted in In Remembrance)

Dear Rangani,

I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. Praying for strength, peace and comfort for you.
Melinda

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(13 replies, posted in In Remembrance)

Steven,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother.  I will be praying for your strength, comfort and peace during this time. Sending much love and hugs to you.
Melinda

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(14 replies, posted in Good News / What's Working)

Hi Carole,

Just wanted to say that Neulasta kicked my butt too! I did better with the neupogen shots. After my experience with both, someone gave me advice to take a Claritan before shots and that would ease the side effects, you might want to ask your doctor about this.

Melinda

Kris,
You will rock this trial!!!!
Melinda

Dear Tom and Ash,

Sending good thoughts, lots of prayers and big hugs that all goes well with the surgery and that the chemo will shrink tumors drastically! I am so glad you were able to speak with Dr. Javle, and have set forth another plan. One day at a time. Thinking of you.
Melinda

Dear Boston guy,

Thanks for sharing about your mom and bringing more to the table as a physician and a son. Please keep us informed as to your mom's progress and how she does on the trial.

I am an almost 7 year survivor of Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma. I have had a resection, recurrence, chemotherapy treatments of Gem/Cis, Gem alone and then Taxotere, and for the past 4 years have had great response on an immunotherapy trial at NIH under Dr. Rosenberg.

Sending all my best,
Melinda Bachini

Dear Jack,

I am sending prayers for you and Diane for peace, comfort and God's strength to get you through this difficult time. I am glad you have hospice and that she is relatively without pain and is comfortable.

Thinking of you,
Melinda

Here is a picture of our first day at the booth. Sorry I am late in responding.....ASCO was incredible! I had a great time with Barbara manning the booth and as always I love to see  Marion, Stacie, Donna and all the others! They all work so hard to further the goal of finding a CURE!!
http://s31.postimg.org/6c69xkcmv/ASCO.jpg

Patty,
Sending prayers, love and hugs your way! Hoping the side effects stay minimal and the results are amazing! Thanks for paving the way! Enjoy your summer sweet lady....everyday is a good day!!!!
Love,
Melinda

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(26 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Glad you are home Kris....hopefully things will mellow out for you! Sending hugs!!
Melinda