Cancer sucks. It sucked in 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015 and it really sucks in 2016!!
But we are thankful that we can travel this journey trusting God as He guides our steps.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Giddy Up take 5!!!!!!!
Friends, Romans, countryman, lend me your ears.......
There are a few reasons why the world famous blog would be back up and running.
The Cubs won the World Series
I won Top Chef
I spun the Melanoma wheel of fun again
The top 2 haven't happened........YET. (shout out to Isbell and the "YET" theme!!!) So #3 is the big winner for now! Several weeks ago I called the great Nurse Terry at Dr. Beitsch's office, and told her I felt a couple of bumps in my neck. Her response was simple......"Do you want the 9:15 or 3:00 Wednesday". A sonogram and a needle biopsy confirmed that melanoma was back. This time we agreed to leave it, and head to MD Anderson to check options. If we cut it out, again, the options are very limited because MD Anderson doesn't have anything to measure, so I'm not eligible for clinical studies, ect... A quick email to Dr. Ross and Dr. Patel at MD and I had an appt a week later. A quick recap of last week........I drove down to MD early on Aug 29th, and had a PET scan at 1:00. Tuesday I had a neck CT scan with contrast at 6:20 am, then met with Dr. Ross and his team at 9:30. CT scan confirmed 4 tumors in my neck, Dr. Ross could feel all of them with my head contorted to angles I only thought a Muppet could achieve. Then I met with Dr. Patel and her team Wednesday and they did a biopsy on a tumor on my jaw line.
Dr. R has clinical studies that are available, with TVEC, chemo, TVEC + Ipi (Yervoy), and any combination and surgery all being options. Most of those are being ruled out, as there is a chance I could be randomized into the surgical side of the study, and we don't want that. (been there, done that, got the cool MD Anderson shirt)
Dr. P has studies and everything has a really cool name, like PDI, CTLA4, LEEO11, MEK162, ect... (feel free to make up your own, nobody will know) And she has some NRAS targeted therapies also available. Most people are BRAF positive or negative, I had to be "special" and am NRAS positive. NRAS+ offers up some trials that are new and hopefully have great success soon, if needed. Here is some light reading on the BRAF gene if you are bored: BRAF cool info Dr. P also had a biopsy done on Wednesday (I have a cool 3mm incision and 3 tiny stitches to prove it) and they will be testing to see if I'm PD-L1 positive or not. What you say, you want a link to read about PD-L1???? Boom.....
So.........what does all this mean and what is the plan????
Dr. R is presenting my "case" to the Tumor Board (this group would be a blast at a party) on Monday, Sept 12th. Dr. P is waiting for the PD-L1 results (you should be an expert after clicking on the above link). And I have another appt at MD Sept 14th. By then a plan should be set. I was hoping to hear back this week, but it's now going to be next Wednesday before all the results are in, and everyone has talked.
The Cubs Magic number is 10, Hook 'em Horns, where can I buy a life size cut out of Shane Buechelle, hashtags are so 2015, thanks for all your thoughts and prayers!!!!!!!!!