Despite the rough treatments we’ve endured recently, Monday’s CT scans showed that the tumors are continuing to grow. This puts us in a rather difficult position. Remember that eye-of-the-hurricane reference I made waaaay back in June ’07? Well, I’m fearful that the other half of the storm is about to hit.
Dr. Loukas called yesterday to give us the news. Most worrisome of all, he said that his bag of tricks is empty. We’ve exhausted all of the standard, FDA-approved treatments for colon cancer. Sadly, that card deck of treatments was a lot smaller than we’d hoped. Our next step is to quickly find and enroll in what are considered “experimental treatments,” those clinical trials you hear of occasionally, in hopes that we get lucky. Unfortunately, the reason a drug is in trials and not FDA-approved is because there’s not clear evidence it works. The game has changed. We are no longer playing a card game and, instead, are rolling the dice.
Maggie is fine. Physically she feels great (other than a muscle she stretched in her neck yesterday which is driving her a little nuts.) Obviously, this ain’t all candy canes and sunflowers but we are coping. After the stinging subsides and the ringing in my ears stops we’ll regroup, make a plan and get to it. We must act quickly, though. Time’s a wastin’.