So I realized tonight that I have all sorts of blog posts I've started but haven't published yet... I need to get on my game! This week has been busy!
Anyway... it seems over the last few weeks this question has come up a lot - Why do a clinical trial? I've gotten the opportunity to participate in some surveys and other activities around this. The simple answer of why join a clinical trial - because we need a cure! I've already gone thru the 2 newer drugs that were approved in 2011 (Yervoy and Zelboraf). So the options after that are to go back to standard of care options (which are always an option - like IL-2, TIL treatment, other biochem, etc). but with the new advancements why not try those first before the more harsh standard of care options?
I was lucky enough to be able to get in to a clinical trial. There was great things coming out about the anti-PD1 from the ASCO meetings last year (you might remember some of the articles I shared). I hear also there are lots of other clinical trials out there... and will start researching them more. I like to know what's available so that we have plans b, c, d etc out there. Only downside is that with the number of treatments I've done - eventually I won't be elgible for a clinical trial. We just never know!
So stay tuned for more information on this topic! We are getting close to scan time to see if this drug is working! Dose #4 on Monday! I feel pretty good (as I've mentioned before) so hopefully that's a good sign it's working! My doctor seems to be pleased...
Off to Milwaukee this weekend! It's been almost a year since my last visit. Looking forward to catching up with friends.
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