Clinical Trial Process Underway

Tina and I met with Jennifer, the researcher at the Toledo Clinic Cancer Center, this morning to discuss the local clinical trial. After a brief discussion, and thinking about the fact that we don’t have a lot of options left, I signed the consent form. I then went to the infusion center, where they drew blood and I left them a urine specimen, which is needed for them to determine if I qualify for the clinical trial.

The last step on my part, which I am going to do at Flower Hospital on the way to work tomorrow, is for me to get an EKG test. Once Jennifer gets the results of my EKG, she will send everything to the doctors in charge of the clinical trial, and they will determine if I would be a qualified participant. From everything that Jennifer and Dr. Phinney have said, it looks like I should qualify without issue.

In a strange twist of events, Jennifer told me yesterday on the phone during our initial conversation, and again this morning when I asked her to confirm, that the clinical trial at the Toledo Clinic Cancer Center┬áis not exactly a true blind study. If I am randomly chosen to have the trial drug, I will have to take them orally (pills) the two days before I have chemo, which will be every two weeks. If I am not randomly chosen, they apparently don’t give placebos, so I will not be given the pills. So I’m hoping that they let me in the study and I get to take some pills!

We are also still waiting to hear what Dr. Penney at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center has to offer in the way of clinical trials, but for now we are concentrating on getting into the one here as soon as possible. The last thing we want is for this damn disease to have any more time to spread or grow than it already has.