What happens when all the front-line treatments are used up? That is the question I am dealing with.
In the course of my battle with stage IV colon cancer for the last four-and-a-half years, the five front-line chemotherapy drugs have either been figured out by my cancer, or my cancer never responded to them. This leaves me in a pretty bad spot.
Now comes the exploration of clinical trials. In a nutshell, a clinical trial consists of someone having an idea on what will work on a certain kind of cancer. In order to prove these ideas, the doctors/scientists/drug companies need people to try them on. In the beginning stages, they are not sure what dose to use, what the side effects will be or if these drugs will even work. Some of these drugs don't even have names yet.
I was put into one trial last year; it had some pretty bad side effects. Those were managed with a dosing reduction. After a couple months, it was determined that the drugs were not working, and my cancer was continuing to grow. This is a very scary reality. The truth of the matter is the majority of these trials will not work, but that does not mean I am willing to write future trials off. I have essentially become a guinea pig for these ideas.
The only reason I am here to write this is because someone was a guinea pig for the drugs that have kept me alive this long. I remain hopeful that one of these ideas will result in more time for me, but if it is not meant to be, then I am hopeful that the information they get will help someone in the future.
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