I’m certainly excited to start the treatment. And terrified. It represents my best chance to control the cancer. If it doesn’t work, options 2 and 3 await, but the odds aren’t nearly as promising.
And what if it does work? Some patients respond well, but only for a short duration before the cancer mutates, metastasizes, or develops a resistance to the drug. The median duration of response (for those who do) is approximately 11 months.
If I have adequate disease control for the median amount of time, that takes me until November 2012. Then we look at options 2, 3, and potentially a new, still undiscovered option 4. Wash, rinse, repeat.
No doubt I must learn to manage these proverbial shoes which dangle so precariously over my head.