This past Friday I had another CT Scan done to see how my treatment is doing. This morning I am back down at Georgetown University for treatment #13 of the MEDI4736 clinical trial drug that I’m on. I met with my N.P. Christina Urso who informed me that my scan came back looking good but she knew Dr. Pishvaian wanted to share the good news with me and asked me to act surprised. After a few minutes Dr. P came in with a big grin on his face and asked how I was feeling, I said, “Fine”, but he probed again like he was trying to drag out my anticipation. He then said the results of the CT Scan came back excellent and that the radiologist didn’t really note anything. I asked him, “You mean that the cancer has shrunk to the point that it’s not discernible on the CT?” He said that is what it would appear but that he wanted to go meet with the radiologist and have them focus on the one area in my liver where there was a questionable shadow showing up 2 scans ago. Overall the results are (imho) fantastic and he is extremely happy.
Dr. Pishvaian then shared that there are some similar studies from other pharmaceutical companies that have been on going for 4 years now and that there are patients who started at the beginning of these trials who are still benefiting from them. He also said that my form of cancer is reacting very well to the MEDI4736; enough so that MedImmune may do a focus study of this drug on esophageal and gastric cancer.
It’s been a little over an hour now since I got this news and I’m still processing it. I know I should be on tippy toes doing a happy dance around the ward but I had so steeled myself against a negative result that I’m not feeling anything. The one thing I do know is that I’ll be sticking around longer than I imagined 6 months ago and that is really good news.