Cut the Muster

I found out yesterday that I am in the new trial which will start on Oct. 21st. Now I just have to cut the muster when it comes to all the tests the trials protocol requires. Next Tuesday Oct. 15 I have to go have another CT Scan done. This time they are going to scan me from my head to my pelvis.  This will be the first time they’ll be doing a brain scan looking for cancer, Robin of course is just hoping they find anything at all in the vacuous cavern I have for a head.  Then on Thursday I will have a full blood panel done before once more going under the needle with Dr. Kim for another liver biopsy. Having Dr. Kim perform this biopsy on me for the third time I feel like I need to say to him, “So, we meet once again.” as if he were my arch nemesis in some campy James Bondish movie. Now if I can just remember to say that just before the anesthesia takes effect.

If nothing has changed and hopefully they don’t find that the cancer has spread any further then I’ll start on MEDI4736 the following Monday. Because this is all part of a phase 1 study everything is being done at Georgetown Hospital which of course adds to the overall transportation complexity.

2013-10-09T11:44:08-04:00 October 9th, 2013|Categories: Cancer Update|5 Comments


  1. Keri Jacobs October 10, 2013 at 12:01 am

    “vacuous cavern I have for a head” – I’ll need to remember that one next time I get my routine MRI of my brain.
    Funny what you said about Dr. Kim too. Maybe he’ll sedate you with a martini.
    Thankful you’ve been approved and hoping and praying this new treatment is very effective, and is nice to you as far as side effects go.
    ALso praying for your friend’s son.

  2. Rose Blondell October 10, 2013 at 7:20 am

    It is a positive step to get in the clinical trial and I pray that you will meet all the criteria for the trial. Thank you for your consistent postings so we know how things are going for you.

  3. Ann Marie Railing October 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! That’s wonderful news. Let us know what the docs find when they scan your head. Since boys are made of greasy grimy gopher guts and mutilated monkey meat, I can’t imagine what else they’d find.

    Love you!!


  4. Sherry October 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Praying all of the tests go weel, that nothing new is found and that God uses this trial to work a miracle in your lives!

  5. Bo & Julie October 15, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Hi Mike, great news you got in on the trial! You are a fighter and this is a great opportunity, praise God! We continue to think & pray about you & Robin here in Alaska. Keep up that great sense of humor, it certainly can’t hurt!
    Bo, Julie & Annie Stocklin

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