Got a copy of the Caris Report yesterday. I’ve mentioned previously that this is that place out in Arizona which will take a sample of your cancer tumor and help create the treatment which is most likely to kick its butt.
Interesting reading … if you understand gibberish. Or if you’re a doctor.
Summary (in part):
1. Best agents per the Target Now Assay:
A. SPAC Polyclonal 2+,90%; implies benefit for nab-paclitaxel.
B. TOPO1 2+,90%; implies benefit for irionotecan.
C. TLE3 2+,60% and PgP 0,100%; implies benefit for taxanes.
D. TS 1+,01%; implies benefit for fluoropyrimidies
etc., etc. That’s only part of it. Total Greek to me.
However, as long as Dr. D understands it, I’m okay with that. Further on in the report, they recommend several chemos that I know I’ve been on. But (and there’s always a ‘but’) the combination of cytoxan and 5FU (still love that name), which I was already on and determined to be ineffective, is recommended with the addition of another drug called epirubicin … which I hadn’t tried before. Apparently, just the cytoxan and the 5FU wasn’t working, but with the addition of the epirubicin …? Perhaps that would do the trick.
If, for any reason, the present regime that I’m on doesn’t work, its nice to know that I have other options. I found the information from Caris to be well worth the trouble of having the biopsy.
So, if you’re on the fence about having something like this done, I’d say go for it. I’m feeling really optimistic about all of this and we all know that attitude, Attitude, ATTITUDE is half the battle when fighting cancer.
And remember to repeat after me …“YOU ARE A CANCER WARRIOR”