No Clinical Trial But Good News
We got a call from U. of FL this morning saying that Gorman’s tumor did not contain the protein EGFRvIII so he does not qualify for this clinical trial. This was bad news/good news. Here’s the thing: if a tumor contains that particular protein, it can quickly rebuild itself after chemoradiation, basically negating the effect of the treatment. Therefore, it’s really good news that he does not qualify……..and God continues to open some doors and close others. Charlie and Grady continue to research all the trials out there so we continue to hope.
We thought this would be Gorman’s last week of radiation; however, last Friday the radiation machine malfunctioned and he was not able to receive a treatment so that puts us over into next week and next Monday, April 2 will be his very last day of radiation. He’s still doing pretty well; some fatigue but naps take care of that; some nausea but nothing too bad. As expected, the right side of his head (focus of the radiation) is getting fairly red and irritated-looking, especially around the incision but I’ve been putting antibiotic ointment on that area and that is helping. He continues to have a good appetite and his weight hasn’t dropped.
Let me make a correction to my last post. When I referred to the folks attending Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival, I left off a zero. Actually there were 300.000 people here that weekend! I’m glad we were at the beach.