And So it Begins… Colorectal Cancer Personalized Immunotherapy Blood Draw
A very brief medical update!
Being hit by a FOLFIRI chemo infusion today only 48 hours after running the team triathlon truly feels bizarre…
But that is one of the crazy aspects of Stage IV life! You swing from doing the absolutely “normal” (commuting to work, dinner out with the family) to being knocked out in an infusion chair and crawling into bed “bowl handy” as soon as you get home afterwards… switching from everyday American life to cancer patient life all in the span of a few hours.
Time to do something about that.
I dropped off the girls at school today as completely usual – but then instead of driving to work… I drove back home to prepare for my chemo infusion.
And something else 🙂
Right before chemo starts today, my blood is being drawn to start the immune T-cell testing portion of my personalized immunotherapy research project that I described recently. This is an absolutely key science experiment which determines which of my tumor-specific mutations are immunogenic.
We’re still a good ways away from a potential therapeutic but everything hinges on this round of experiments – not only determining the identity of the immunogenic neo-antigens but also determining the quality of the ones identified. Prayers and good vibes for this key part of the process are welcome!
With some smarts and some luck – it’s now time to get one BIG step closer to swinging for the cure.