The trip on Amtrak didn’t disappoint me and I had good time with George in Santa Barbara last weekend.
Yet, before the trip, I had a clinic with my new oncologist.
It was too bad that I found out the metastasis right after my primary oncologist went on her maternity leave. With the sub, I had a difficult time to communicate with and even to refill my medicine.
I lost trust in him quickly, however the hospital gave me a hard time to change the doctor.
After many phone calls and e-mailings, finally I could make an appointment with a new oncologist.
She looks young, almost like my son’s age, but is knowledgeable, answering my questions one after another.
Clinical Trial @ Kaiser
According to her, Kaiser has a T-DM1 clinical trial, which I have been desperately looking for.
She said maybe I would be eligible.
A clinical trial is an exam that tests how effective a new medicine or treatment is.
Therefore, the trial has two arms with a T-DM1 group and a non T-DM1 group to compare the results.
Even if I am qualified for the trial, my chance to get T-DM1 is 50%.
If I am not qualified for this trial or if I won’t be in T-DM1 group, I have to be on conventional chemo. The doctor and I discussed the choice of next chemo including the 2nd opinion from UCLA.
After all, we decided to add Paclitaxel to Herceptin and Tykerb, two antibody drugs I have been on since last April in 2011.
Although Paclitaxel is in the same family with Taxotele, which I tried in the first regimen in 2010, they are a little different, and there is a 20% chance to work on women who failed with Taxotele.
I have to wait for a few more days to know about my eligibility for T-DM1 and have to take more scan tests to see if there are more metastasis in my body.
The tension will continue, but I appreciate so many people who have sent me so much information as well as encouragements.
I don’t deserve for this and this is truly God’s grace.
I am blessed.