It has been most difficult for me to blog since you died on Saturday, June 8. I have been in touch with family and friends by phone about my health but just haven't been able to write these words that I know you will not be able to read.
It was just yesterday that I opened the stack of condolence cards that came in the mail.
After my scan in late June, it appears that my tumors have progressed (grown) more than 25% from the baseline of the study, which is a determinate for staying in the trial. Additionally, the status of my health was considered. Mid March, April, May, June, and early July have been brutal regarding my overall health. I will have this medication (Yervoy) in my body until October, but I am already starting to feel better as it slowly leaves. I have also had most of my medications that I take for side effects changed, which is helping tremendously.
Now, I am in a holding pattern of sorts, although not entirely. I have been back down to Houston/M.D. Anderson to meet my new oncologist in the Phase I Research Clinic, Dr. Ralph Zinner. John and I really like him and his staff. There is a trial that we are excited about and that my local oncologist is also excited about. My treatment will consist of two drugs; both are FDA approved. What makes it a phase I trial is that these two drugs have not been taken together. The waiting has to do with when I start. I'm in the administrative stage, getting insurance approval then determining the cohort group I will be in, which drives the start date.
I hope to know more by early next week.
Signing off for now....Summer has officially reached Austin.
Peace and healing, K