Wednesday, August 15, 2012

No decisions just yet

I had a nice visit with Dr. Walsh and I had way more questions than she could answer. I emailed her my blog link and warned her it might give her a So it's off to see Dr. Wendy Chen in Boston on Friday at 3 p.m. We talked today about some of the clinical trials and more standard chemo options. She asked me which one I favored, and I told her the MK-2206 was at the top of my clinical trial list. I asked her what she favored and she said she's leaning towards carboplatin with Gemzar (gemcitabine). This would be a tough therapy but not as bad as her other favorite, Ixabepilone (Ixempra). Some of the other clinical trials might be a problem as we have our trip to Hawaii planned in October, and we may not be able to work around the two weeks I'll be gone. Without input from Dr. Chen (so we could head in a completely different direction after Friday's appointment), my thought is to do MK-2206 and recheck when I get back from Hawaii. If it's working, we continue on. If it's not working, we go to the Carboplatin/Gemzar protocol. Then I'd need a port, the hair would go, and all the other "stuff" that comes with IV-chemo. It will be interesting to learn Dr. Chen's ideas on what should be the next steps. So, stay tuned!


  1. I'm so glad you have a plan of action, now, Michelle. You must feel a little relieved to have made this least so far! I'm glad Hawaii is still on. It's good that you have a doctor who offers her opinions on what you should do, also. She has a lot more experience with treatments, but everyone is different, just as we as diabetics are all different, too.


  2. Oops...sorry, no final decision yet...but getting closer to one, I hope!

  3. I hope you find a treatment that works and you can have many years left.

    I also hope things work out that your trip in October goes well also.