Clinical Trials: I am in.
July 25, 2014
I am number 5. That number looks like the number of an elite marathoner, but it is not. It just means I am the 5th participant to this new anti-cancer drug. Yes, I am in … for real. I count myself among the select few to undergo this human trial, and I start Monday, July 28 at the University of Chicago Medicine.
The objective is to determine the safe and effective level for this new Phase 1 anti-cancer drug that address the RNA part of cell molecular structure. Don’t ask me explain, it is complicated. All know is, it was first tested in mice and monkeys with positive results and now they are trying it on humans. Guess what: I am the 5th “sucker.” Ha! I love it.
This trial is different from the one that was offered to me in April (see A Different World: Part 1 and Part 2), wherein I did not even get to start because of my platelet problems. However, from what I am told this new trial is a better fit for my profile and that they are getting positive responses from the other trial participants. That’s good to know. Frankly, my options are not exactly a lot: either I do trial for a chance of another tomorrow or just give up. I have tried all the other traditional chemo regiments and I am now immune to them. I am willing to participate in this trial just to conquer my cancer.
Last Wednesday, I did all the pre-trial test such as: blood test, EKG, PET scan and CT scan. With my platelet up (thanks to MD Anderson) and other blood work looking good, they allowed me to start Monday. My start date would have been end of August, but the drug sponsor liked the initial results and decided to accept more participants. It will also be chemo infusion and would require me to stay long at the hospital.
Well I am ready. Since coming back from MD Anderson, I have been working out, running, and keeping active. This cancer has brought me all over and tested me at every turn. Cancer is my reality; the life I live through everyday is the dream. I have so many wishes but I temper my expectation to what I can achieve or get. That’s why it is better to live your life one day at a time.
Monday is marathon day for me. My bib say number 5. I know there could be problems ahead, right now all I want is to finish..in one piece.
P.S. My miles are slowly building up again. Tomorrow let see if I can do 10 miles.