This morning I had CT scans of my chest, abdomen and pelvis to see the status of the tumors in my lung, liver, and bones. I’ve been feeling better the past week and the hope was that the chemotherapies I’ve been getting were shrinking my tumors. Wynn, Nathan, Nina and I then went to see my local oncologist late in the afternoon to get the results of my scans. Unfortunately, I did not get good news. Although the primary tumor in my lung shrank, the lesions in my liver and bones are bigger and more numerous.
So the sobering reality is that I need to set myself up for clinical trials, which are therapies that are offered only under strict research protocols. I will start a new chemotherapy next Thursday, which will work to preserve my liver. In the mean time, I will have another liver biopsy, probably tomorrow, which will be tested for information needed to help my doctors choose the best chemos to try next and help me decide the best clinical trial to choose down the road.
Given that I am likely going to enter a research protocol at some point, I thought I’d let you know that my family is participating in Cycle for Survival, a fund raiser for Memorial Sloan-Kettering, a nationally known cancer research center. Along with other family members, Wynn, Nathan, and Nina will be cycling for me at the Equinox Fitness Center in Chicago on February 9th, to raise dollars for researchers who are looking for new therapies for all cancer patients, including me.
This link will bring you to my family’s page if you’d like to make a donation:
Thank you to all our friends and family members who have been an incredible support system to me, Wynn and Nathan and Nina. We love you all!