Friday, December 3, 2010

Mayo Clinic Visit

Well we made it back from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. What an amazing place. They are very professional, efficient, and caring.

We started our day at 6:30a.m. at the admissions counter, did blood work, saw a PA and the doctor who personally oversaw my case all by 12 noon. And no one rushed us to get from one place to another.

The review was encouraging in that we still have conventional treatments available. The trial drugs that are in studies right now are also an option, but the draw back is whether you do or don’t get the test drug. I take a 1 in 3 chance of getting a placebo. The PA and the doctor did not want to take that chance in my case at this time.

Though there is a drug that is currently in a trial study out of Europe called Regorafenib. It has an amazing 81% of patients in the trial experienced disease stabilization or regression. For some one like myself stabilization is a positive step.

I do not know when this drug will be made available to the public, but I praying that it is soon.

So the current plan is for me to get back with my oncologist next week and start one of the 2 different chemo treatments that I had a good response to. Side effects are not the best with any chemo treatment, but you have to keep going and keep FIGHTING CANCER.

The doctor from the Mayo Clinic will write up a complete recommendation plan for me and have that sent to my oncologist here to be implemented. 

Until next time ENJOY THE DAY! and keep FIGHTING CANCER