Last week I learned that the clinical trial testing for genetic mutations did not show a match for any of the 32 mutations that have been identified. My oncologist and others feel that the next step is to go in the direction of ovarian cancer options, since the ovarian cancer marker is the one that is changing and the genetic testing a year and a half ago indicated that my cancer is most like ovarian (although it it is not ovarian).
I went to the Sarah Cannon Research Institute office on Friday to give permission to test the tissue for three possible clinical trials. One is for a certain protein which sticks to ovarian cancer cells. If there is a match, then a specific antibody can be developed in the lab and injected into a vein so that the antibody attaches to the cancer proteins. It all sounds complicated but also promising. There are two other possibilities for trials as well.
I realize that my coming to terms with all of this will probably take awhile. That’s fine because it will take time for these testing results to be completed. I am not scheduled for another oncology appointment until the last week in September. Honestly, this continues to be so weird that I don’t actually know what to say about it, but I did want to keep anyone who is interested posted. Thanks for your encouragement and prayers. I feel fine right now and am pressing on with my everyday life!