When I was first thinking about using Lemtrada for treating my Multiple Sclerosis this was the first question that came to mind. So many people told me that yes, Lemtrada was chemo. Then a bunch of people started telling me that no, it wasn’t! I could not seem to find a straight answer but I did find that a lot of people were asking this question too! I joined a huge Facebook group for people who had done Lemtrada, were going to do it and people who were just thinking about it. All the moderators (the people who ran the group) insisted that it was not a type of chemo despite all the facts I had gathered while trying to answer my own question. I was told that they did not want anyone to associate Lemtrada with chemo because it “might scare people”. Well, I was not happy with such an answer; I don’t censor the truth to satisfy someone’s agenda… That will only hurt people so I left the group because I felt that spreading the word on what they believed was a disservice to people with Multiple Sclerosis. I feel people should know all the facts when treating themselves with a new medication.
What is Lemtrada?
Lemtrada (Alemtuzumab) is a humanized monoclonal antibody used to treat people with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) who typically have not responded to 2 or more treatments. It is technically a type of chemotherapy as it was originally released as Campath (first FDA approved in 2001) to treat B-cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (B-CLL) but was used at a much higher dose (Campath). It was later FDA approved for treating Multiple Sclerosis on Nov 14, 2014.
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How Does Lemtrada Work?
First let’s briefly explore the role of the immune system in Multiple Sclerosis and what a Humanized Monoclonal Antibody is/does. Multiple Sclerosis is believed to be an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks itself (the Myelin Sheath in the case of MS).
Yes! It has been a while! The longest break from blogging I have taken since I started blogging in 2010 right after my diagnosis! Well, I took a break for many reasons but let’s start with the most obvious; my new blog! I wanted a “fresh start” and since I started out on blogger, a free blogging website, I thought I would try the more “professional” blogging platform WordPress. You probably won’t notice many differences at first because I tried to make this blog look like what my old blog looked like which was surprisingly more difficult than I thought it would be – who would have thought? Maybe this is just too new for me but I don’t know, it’s up. So let’s do some catching up.