I have just started Ribociclib 200 mg with Fulvestrant and will start on bone strengtheners after I have had a dental extraction done. Just to tell you about mysefl, I had a pathological fracture in my spine at L2 caused by a bony met and had to have a big operation, spinal decompression and fixation, in early July followed by cyber knife radiotherapy in August. PET scan showed nothing anywhere else although they want me to have a brain scan which is freaking me out a bit. My main problem is ongoing pain from the surgery but the pain nurse from the local hospice is advising me on how to get more control of it. So far on the Ribociclib I have nausea and some vomiting and had to go on Saturday for IV rehydration and a change of antisickness to Cyclizine which seems to have controlled the sickness although I still feel a bit queasy but am eating small amounts okay. I am walking with a stick and my mobility outdoors is very limited. I am trying to be positive and think of one positive thing I can do every day but it is hard going. I was inspired today by the woman who has swum the Channel four times and dedicated it to all breast cancer sufferers. I don't take any supplements. I am lucky to have the support of a specialist nurse at the Kingston Hospital satellite of the Royal Marsden. I know many people don't and it is a postcode lottery. Gina you are so right! Life is happening now. Best wishes to all of us.
I have been on Ribociclib since June 2018. I have stage 4 Breast Cancer (bony mets).
So far so good, although I don't take this for granted and treat the taking of my medications as some kind of ritual every morning.
I take no extra supplements or follow any particular diet.
As a previous oncology/Chemotherapy nurse I had always been sceptical of this anyway.
I am currently working as a nurse in practice and development and function pretty well, I even help out in the oncology dept occasionally, with inserting cannulas and taking blood.
Not sure of the future but life is happening tight now, so join in.
I hope this helps.
Hi Ramade, I believe that the use of Palbociclib has been agreed by NICE, but it’s newer and gentler sister drug Ribociclib is a first line only drug, so will not be available if you have had other treatments. Once it’s proven effective I’m sure it will be signed off for general use, as Palbociclib has been. X
my wife is about to start Ribociclib with letrozole. She also has Denusomab injections for bone strength. Just wondering if there's anyone out there taking this combination (or anyone you know taking it) and how you (they) are coping with it? Any info gratefully received.
Hi Olivier, does this mean that people like myself who have been treated at stage 4 with most other things might be able to access this treatment. i believe that funding for it's availablity to all has been agreed in Scotland recently. i wait hopefully as i know many many others are.
I work on the Policy and Campaigns team at Breast Cancer Care, and I wanted to see if you wouldn't mind me asking about your ribociclib clinical trial?
Ribociclib in combination with fulvestrant is currently being considered by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to be made available on the NHS in England for treating advanced hormone-receptor positive, HER2 negative secondary (metastatic) breast cancer. Its use in combination with fulvestrant will offer those who have previously been treated with one line of hormone therapy for their secondary breast cancer the opportunity to benefit from this drug.
We are gathering evidence to contribute to NICE’s patient carer groups submissions and we want to hear from anyone who is being or has been treated with ribociclib in combination with fulvestrant to help us inform our response on what access to this drug would mean to women with hormone-receptor positive, HER2 negative breast cancer.
If you would be happy to contribute then please email email@example.com and I can get back to you.