I decided to quit the Ignyta trial, the targeted drug trial. Since yesterday when I heard that the matching rate of the gene test was less than 3% (5 out of 200), I have prayed and pondered if I should stay on the course or change to the vaccine. The reason why I chose the targeted drug over the vaccine was because I had read that the drug’s response rate was 75% once it matched. Yet I didn’t know the matching rate was so little.
The only condition to try the gene test seems if the current regimen is working. Yet unless I take a CT, which I don’t want, or maybe an x-ray, I’m not able to know it. If I go back to the vaccine trial, the next step is a physical screening (CTs and lab tests), but I don’t know how long I have to wait for that. Do I want to waste three weeks in such a case? No. That is my conclusion.
I emailed my oncologist and the clinical study nurse to let them know that I want to cancel the consents. I was going to email NCI to go back to the vaccine trial, but I thought I should wait for the oncologist’s reply just in case – to make sure if I am misunderstanding what she said yesterday.
Nothing is certain and everything is a gamble. Regardless of my choice, I may be facing the dead end. Or, regardless of my choice, God can sustain my life if that is His Will.