Just had bloods again today white cells are back to normal, this time she explained it can be a usual adjustment period. Back on ribo but my liver reading is borderline now so she's warned me I may need stop in a fortnight if they don't return to normal. I've started drinking lemon water today as a little research online suggests it helps lower the ALT level and it can't do any harm to try. Hoping for a good or better results for you too Rara.
I have a nurse that comes from the drug company to do the preliminary ECGs and she said said that other patients have bounced back.
I also did some reading and it seems like it is very common but I always think I will be the one where it doesn’t work. I was diagnosed straight to stage 4 so already beating the odds there!!
I feel a little more reassured that your oncologist says this is normal body time adjustment, my team didn't even say that or how low they are. My other half was fuming he said she had one foot under the table and the other out the door, they never seem to have the time talk to us.
I also posted on the nurses forum, the reply said although this is a worrying time no treatment again, the dosage can be adjusted or like someone mentioned another treatment found. We try not to stress as we know this is bad for our bodies but boy do they make it hard sometimes.
I started cycle one but had to stop after two week as bloods were low like true2wish.
They told me it is common and my system is getting used to the drug. I am of course panicking like mad!
I had to stop ribociclib after two weeks. My bloods were just about okay but I was sick nearly every day an hour or so after taking the pills despite taking antisickness meds. I had a couple of weeks off and then started on Abemaciclib. If it isn't right for you there are other options. They can also lower the dose. Good luck with it xx
Hi I've been on it for 3 cycles. First scan results were today. Mixed news. 2 spots have grown and 2 small ones still there. A small one from last time doesn't seem to be there anymore. All in liver. They have decided to keep me on it for 3 more months as it may be too early to make definite conclusions. Good luck!
Desperately searching for someone else on ribociclib, is there anyone out there?
Had second blood tests yesterday (every two weeks), so had ribo for one cycle but I have stop as my white blood cells count is low. Has anyone else had this, is it just my system adjusting or a sign it's not right for me.
Tolerating very well. I take Ribociclib and letrozole in the mornings as I don't normally eat breakfast it does make me fell slightly nauseous so as soon as that happens I eat a piece of fruit usually a banana then I am good for the rest of the day. I have a very mild headache which I ignore and my hair has definately thinned out. I am still working and living life as always. My last scan showed a decrease in the 'hot spots in my ribs. I have metastatic BC to the bones. First diagnosed in 2013 lumpectomy, axilla clearance, chemo, radiotherapy, Tamoxifen. Could not tolerate Tamoxifen so stopped taking it. WAS very well for 5 years but when I went for my five year check up this showed a suspicious lymph node so back for more pokes and prods and scans which showed the cancer had metastasized to my bones ribs spine and pelvis. I had some pain in my ribs which disappeared once the ribociclib and letrozole kicked in 😁I am also on denosomab which is an injection every 4 weeks I have had no side effects from this. The only side effects so far is the hair really and some tiredness I have changed my job and cut down my hours because of this but mostly I am happy and healthy pain free and very positive...Good luck to you my advice would be don't read the possible side effects list lol xxx
I've been on ribociclib for two weeks now and so far so good. I freaked out after reading leaflet but feel like my life is getting normal again. Have first blood test on Tuesday so will see how it is affecting my blood.
On zoladex an letrozole too plus calcium an vitD. Glad hear 18mths gives me hope.
ive been searching for someone on Ribociclib and just found this thread.
how are you finding it, 18 months means that you are tolerating it ok?
I am on the 3rd week of my first cycle and am really feeling the side effects now. My head is really itching today - did your hair thin? I’ve read a bit about people taking with food, I’m going to do that tomorrow as I’ve been nauseous some days. And the fatigue is awful at times!
i basically need a positive story!
I've just started on it in combination with Letrozole. First BC in 1997, lumpectomy/radiation - second BC in 2002 - mastectomies - 2016 metastatic (lung/bones), 2018 omentum. Xeloda (capecitibaine) working well in 2016 with Tamoxifen. 2018 further metastases in omentum - Xeloda not working - Tamoxifen replaced with Letrozole. Ribociclib introduced this week. Feeling very tired, heavy legs, aching, sleeping a great deal. Responded to xeloda very well for 6 months - pity not working now but still taking Xeloda on top of ribociclib. Hoping the side-effects get better as i'm wiped out when I take it.
I started on Ribociclib yesterday. After about two hours I feel so heavy and can hardly move my legs so I have a lie down. I know it’s early days but so far feel ok. I also take Letrozole. I wondered if anyone has been told that they will be on it for years? My Oncologist says it’s a new wonder drug (I hope it is). Anyone else on it?
This is my first post on this site - was looking for comments on Dexamethasone when I saw your post about ribociclib. I am no longer on it because it stopped working. Started in about March this year on 3 tablets and all was fine for a couple of months then my white cells were depleting so I dropped to two tablets, eventually dropping to one and having a break of a week or so in between. I pinned way to much hope on them working for me and all the back and forth to the hospital for blood etc was really a strain as I have my head in the sand a bit about the whole situation and of course being there is a reminder. Then in August or September the blood levels for my liver were too high so I had a break from ribociclib for 27 days, went up to the wire becasue 28 day break is the cut off but the levels went down enough to have it for another month. Had bone scans and CT scans in between and had the news about three weeks ago that my liver is now affected so I'm off the trial as it has not worked for me - it did occur to me that the ribociclib made the liver more prone to being affected but who knows? I signed up willingly for the trial.
Finally, to your point of feeling ill on it - I never really did - only at the time of taking them would I feel a bit queasy and as if I had a hang over - that sort of feeling but that was it. No other side effects. I would rather take things before bed but there were insistent that it had to be about 11am in the morning so I had to take them at work (I work in a secondary school and have got two children so am on the go the whole time). Sorry to hear they are making things so difficult for you. I haven't had taxol, was on letrozole with them but that was it, apart from adcal which I carried on taking after my last trial. You say they knock you out, what do you actually feel like?
I've written a lot, may or not be anything that helps. Just a thought - I was wondering if you have asked if you can take them later? and have you reported that they make you feel so bad?
All the best, Liesa x
I've just started my third cycle of ribociclib and letrozole on the compleement trial. The tablets really knock me out but I usually start feeling better after 6 or 7 hours. Most of day gone, still trying to decide whether to have tablets later and walk the dog/ try and do jobs first, or eariler and hope for some recovery time after. Varies day to day though. Week off much better.
Anyone else in similar place?
I had Taxol for nearly a year before starting this.
I'm sorry to see you haven't received a response yet.
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