Last reply 10 months ago
Left with 2 options?

I am currently trying to decide which treatment to start after I stopped my Gilenya treatment. I have been on Gilenya twice once for 16mths then I stopped to try for a baby. When my baby was 4mths old I relapsed and was put back on Gilenya after my steroid treatment. I told the neuro that I didn’t think Gilenya worked for me due to constant debilitating headaches I suffered before. They convinced me to try it again so I did. Needless to say I suffered constant nauseating headaches only this time with a toddler. My 3 MRI’s since my 2011 diagnosis all show something and I’m due my fourth MRI in May. Because something always shows up my neuro told me I only have two options. Tysabri or Lemtrada my question is one is a monthly infusion and the other is 6 monthly infusion. Both of which can cause cancer. So I’m really at a loss as to which one will be the right one. Any help would be much appreciated.

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10 months ago

@meeko , Tysabri is an ongoing monthly infusion, whereas Lemtrada involves infusions over 5 consecutive days in year one and 3 consecutive days in year two.

Some people on these treatments might have contracted cancer, but, they may have been going to get cancer anyway! Cancer is a risk for everyone, whether on meds or not.

Have a read of the relevant sections of this brochure:-

10 months ago

Thank you so much for getting back to me. I probably just saw the word cancer and get a bit scared when I read the pros and cons of the treatments. Either way a decision will have to be made on which one I’ll go on.

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