Saturday, February 5, 2011

Status Quo

The quest to get my cancer into as complete a remission as possible, so that the transplant has the best odds of success, is still underway.

I have completed three cycles of SGN-35. The test results following the second cycle were mixed - and my doctor felt that we should continue doing additional cycles (the recent phase two clinical trial results of the drug showed significant improvement after an average of eight cycles) and re-test after the fourth, in about four weeks. The results were a bit disappointing, but not surprising, and I remain hopeful that SGN-35 will help effectively minimize the existing cancer in the coming months. In the meantime, I've been having some serious neuropathy, but thankfully, after a day or so, all other side-effects are manageable.

So, at least through March, I will continue to travel to Chicago for a couple of days every three weeks for this out-patient, single day treatments.

Hope you're all staying warm and doing well.


womenwithcancer said...

Hi Elissa,
I'm wishing you all the best as you continue your treatments in Chicago. I'll be praying for a good response on your next scan. We miss your peaceful presence here at GUH. Take care... Sara

Hua said...

Hi, I just found your blog. Hope everything has gone well in the past month.