October 19th, 2016

Seeking DC Vaccine–Accepted Into Vaccine Trial

It was another long day getting up @5am, but in the afternoon, I heard the good news:

I WAS ACCEPTED INTO THE DC VACCINE TRIAL!!

I am the 30th participant and as a breast cancer patient,the 6th in this study.
Next step is collecting white blood cells ( apheresis ) tomorrow to make the vaccine, and then I will return to NCI in two weeks to receive the first shot. However, if a CT I will take prior to the vaccine shot on that same day shows aggresive growth ( >20% than today’s result) I will be disqualified.

The report of the CT I took two days ago said the biggest tumor in the lung is now 4.7cm growing from 2.9 cm in May and there is new suspicious finding in gastrohepatic lymph nodes, though up till a week ago, I was on chemo. This progression appears fast for me, so although I was accepted today, I’m still not quite sure if I can get the vaccine. Anyway passing the screening is the best result it can be as of today, and I thank all of you, who stood on my side praying for me, and most importantly God.