Last Treatment

Last treatment of Folfox6 at least for the current clinical trail that I’m on and maybe for some time to come.

When I went in yesterday and met with Dr. Pishvaian he was excited about a new clinical trial that he’d like to get me on. He shared that he’d been at an international cancer symposium and the hot topic was a relatively new family of antibody drugs that the big pharmacology companies are all clamoring over. He explained that the drugs work in the same fashion as a vaccination in that they try to get the bodies immune system supercharged into recognizing the cancer as a foreign invader. From everything that I’ve read and that he shared with me, getting onto this trial is an incredible opportunity. The clinical trail is at Phase 1 meaning I’m really getting in on the ground floor.  The drug is through MedImmune and is called MEDI4736 – yeah it doesn’t even have a real name yet.

So why jump over to an unknown drug that is to some extent still in it’s infancy? The truth of the matter is that the treatment I’m on with the Folfox6 is considered palliative care. Meaning it’s not going to cure me, it’s purpose is to extend my life as long as I can put up with it. This new drug however actually holds out a ray of hope. While Dr. Pishvaian was hesitant to use the word cure with so many unknown factors the fact is there have been a very small percentage of patients who have had their cancer not only shrink but disappear all together. I’ll take some hope over no hope any day of the week even if it’s still a crap shoot.

I finish up my current treatment tomorrow and then next Thursday I go in for another CT scan so we can see how the cancer has reacted to the Folfox6 and then I get to detox for a month before hopefully starting on the MEDI4736. And I do say, “hopefully” because I still have to be selected for the trail. So that is the thing that I ask for in your prayers.

Other than going through the general lethargy and fuddle headedness of chemo I’m doing well. I’m still springing back after each treatment and have been able to get back to work.  Being off of treatments for a month will also be a great relief for my co-workers as we are in the midst of a huge project and my being unavailable for testing has been a strain on them.

Hmm, all sounds like another blessing to me. 🙂

2013-09-04T18:13:44-04:00 September 4th, 2013|Categories: Cancer Update|9 Comments


  1. Stephanie Anderson September 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Wow, what a shiny light at the end of the tunnel! I agree, this sounds like a Heavenly opportunity. Thanks for explaining it so well, and I will be praying.

  2. Rose Blondell September 4, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Glad that this opportunity has been presented and will pray that you can get in the trial. Rest well now for a while.

  3. Bobbie September 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Praying praying praying. Hoping all the doors to this incredible opportunity spring open for you.

  4. Stephanie September 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Mike, I’m so excited about this! Like Bobbie said, we’ll be praying, praying, praying.

  5. Keri Jacobs September 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I agree with everyone. You are in our prayers always.

  6. Joyce Coffin September 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Dear Mike, God opens doors no man can close and closes doors no man can open. Praying that if this is God’s plan for you buddy, nothing will stand in the way. What a great opportunity. Praying for God’s favor. Love and prayers, Joyce

  7. Sherry September 5, 2013 at 1:05 am

    That’s great news in my book! One of my “stage4” friends did a clinical trial, and it worked for her. That was 12 years ago, and she’s still cancer free as far as I know.

  8. Ann Marie Railing September 7, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Wonderful news!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Lynn Scudder September 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I do hope you are accepted in this trial program. Anything they can do to give real hope for the future is wonderful and I do believe with each passing year they come up with new medicines that can treat the different kinds of cancer.
    Go for it!

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