Thursday, September 22, 2016

A look at effect of routine meds used by patients when on ipi....

Effects of commonly used chronic medications on the outcomes of ipilimumab therapy in patients with metastatic melanoma.  Failing, Finnes, Kottschade, et al.  Melanoma Res. 2016 Sep.

Ipilimumab can induce long-term survival in 20% of patients with metastatic melanoma. Concurrent chronic medications may impact the patient's immune system, possess antimelanoma properties, and potentially affect clinical outcomes. This retrospective study sought to describe the efficacy and toxicity effects of 12 classes of chronic medications in metastatic melanoma patients treated with ipilimumab. A total of 159 adults who received ipilimumab for metastatic melanoma at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota, USA) from 1 March 2011 through 31 December 2014 were included. Classes of chronic medications included statins, metformin, β-blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin-receptor blockers, calcium channel blockers, aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, H1 and H2 receptor antagonists, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), antidepressants, and vitamin D supplements. Of the 12 medication classes, only PPIs were found to have an increased odds of experiencing a partial response or a complete response to ipilimumab on the basis of a case-control analysis. Although not significant, PPI use also trended toward improved overall survival and progression-free survival on the basis of Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazard modeling. No medication class was associated with an increased risk of grades 3-5 immune-related adverse events with ipilimumab on the basis of case-control analysis. In summary, patients on PPIs may be more likely to experience a partial response/complete response following ipilimumab therapy. Because of the small sample size and the retrospective nature of this work, these findings are only descriptive and further study should be carried out. Other classes of chronic medications did not produce statistically significant effects for any of the measured outcomes.

PPI's anyone????  Well, before you get too excited...  PPI's are protein pump inhibitors.  They decrease acid in the stomach and were the 9th most commonly prescribed drugs in 2015.  They include the drugs nexium, prilosec, and prevacid (along with some others).  By decreasing stomach acid, these drugs also decrease the ability of the body to absorb some vitamins and minerals, and kill bad bacteria, leading to untoward effects.  These drugs already carry warnings for several known risks, including C. difficile infections and chronic diarrhea, pneumonia, low magnesium levels (which can contribute to heart problems, muscle spasms, seizures and fractures).  Recent studies have also connected them with an increased risk for chronic kidney disease and dementia.  Hmmm....  What to do?  While the intel in the study above is interesting...we might best wait and see how all this plays out. 

Poor ratties. - c


  1. Hi
    Vicki in Seattle here. Good news is that my scans were clear. One brain met gone the other just scar tissue. Bad news is she thinks Yervoy is my option right now. There is a new study out that claims 64% long term survival on ipi. I'm not sure I can go thru with it. The study also said 45% of participants had grade 3 and 4 side effects
    I'll send you the study as soon as she sends it to me
    Hope you are well


    1. Congrats! You certainly deserve some good news. I believe I have already posted about the article you speak of. See the latest post.

  2. Do you know how soon you need to start treatment after Gamma Knife

  3. Sooner is considered better than later. Nitty gritty specifics are not absolute. Perhaps this will help:

  4. Now there is this:

    See my latest post. yours...