The lung is holding steady; unlike my emotions.
I was overly nervous about yesterday’s check up on the lung for many reasons. I’m not feeling symptomatic but the slow progression for 6 months makes a girl antsy. Will now be the “for real” time that I need to change my Crizotinib? What is my new medical oncologist going to be like? Do I need to get on the ball and secure affordable lodging and transportation for the trial in Seattle? So many details have been cluttering my head.
It was almost laughable when I woke up at 3:15am today, still happy about the outcome of the appointment. I could have benefitted from playing a meditation track on my iPod because I was still flying high.
My new oncologist, Dr Arial Lopez-Chavez (Dr L-C), is delightful. He’s no Dr Sandler…but only Dr S is Dr S. I have no problem trusting Dr L-C. I must be honest, what’s not to like about a doctor when they enter a room, introduce themselves while shaking your hand, and tell you you’re stable?
Later in our appointment he went on to explain, when I reach substantial growth to warrant a treatment change, a second generation ALK inhibitor trial will be offered at OHSU. Excuse me?! A drug that could be very effective at controlling my cancer, with an oncologist I click with, 20-minutes away? Easy! (The Seattle trial only had one of these elements.)
The trial agent is CH5424802 (aka: RO5424802). Soon recruiting for patients who are resistant to Crizotinib at OHSU. Stay tuned…