I had heard rumors when you sign up for a clinical trial along with the part b saying they can do extra testing for the trial that they would take LOTS of blood! Yep - the nurse shows up with about 20 vials! My biggest fear heading to Sloan today was that they were going to have to take all that blood from a vein in my hand. My poor left hand that's already all bruised still from last week's biopsy and scan. Ok, ok... playing volleyball last night probably didn't help!
Luckily they were able to just use the elbow vein and drew blood without any issues and then used that IV for the drug infusion. They did have to draw a little blood after the drug was done just to test the level of drug in my blood. If you remember - this is a phase 1 drug trial which means they are trying to figure out how much drug they can give patients without it being toxic to them.
|Blood draws done, IV in, Drug running!|