These trials have very formal protocols. They start with baseline testing, so tomorrow will include yet another CT, blood work, and an EKG. Once the trial actually starts, there will be certain days each week on which I must spend up to 12 hours being monitored in the office, and certain days when I will have to come back for blood work – much more frequently than I would on my previous chemo treatments. In exchange, I’ll know more about the progress of my cancer in real time than I have in the past. The expected side effects are pretty minimal with both drugs, although there’s a paragraph written by the drug company lawyers that reminds me that just because the rats didn’t grow a third ear as a result of the drug, doesn’t mean that I won’t.
I am excited at the possibility, small as it may be, that one of these drugs will be the key to reversing the progress of my cancer. We know that my last chemotherapy was able to stabilize things, so that’s our fall-back if the trial doesn’t work. I’m a little concerned about how long I will have been off chemo if that does happen, but the upside is worth the risk to me.
Picture me stepping onto the threshold of the perfectly good airplane, with a drug trial of a parachute strapped to my back. 3…2…1…