Clinical Trials, Round One
Today my mom and I met with a prominent oncology researcher in Indy to review my options. We also met with a Phase I researcher to talk about additional options. I’ve added the links, in case you want to test your smarts at reading clinical trials.
Behind Door #1/Phase II trial:
My tissue sample has to be sent to a lab in California for testing. If it tests with the correct clinical marker, then I’m eligible to go forward and consent with the trial. FYI- so far zero of 12 patients have tested with the correct marker, so while the trial is very attractive, it’s also a slim chance.
Behind Door #2/Phase I trial:
This trial is a chemo I’ve had before (Xeloda) combined with an investigational drug. They think that the investigational drug will make the chemo more powerful. This trial only takes 3 people at a time and is a dose escalation trial. It is currently full and will have an opening in late June/early July.
Behind Door #3/Phase I trial:
This trial is for advanced solid tumors (ie, not just breast cancer). Although it is a Phase I, they have found the optimal dose. The side effects on this trial appear to be minimal. The first month of the trial require frequent (2-3 times a week) trips to Indy (2 hours each way).
Next week I head to St Louis (3 hours each way) to see what options are available, and then it is time to decide which trial to sign up with.
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