KEYTRUDA that is….
Reality is setting in. Michael begins the next journey on the Melanoma Monster this week, treatment. We have pushed treatment start date until Friday. Friday, December 2, 2016. For the majority of the day “our” first treatment begins. “Our” treatment because as we’ve experienced in the past, this isn’t solely Michaels journey, but the Foonberg 5, friends, family and many cheering him on throughout the worlds journey. All of you will be with him in spirit! I will be with Michael, Friday and every treatment, from beginning to end. I made him a promise, to not worry and I won’t leave him alone. I will worry for him and I will be by his side. All he needs to do is rest and let his body fight the fight.
Many people have asked what chemo he is doing. Michael can not receive chemo because he already did chemotherapy treatment in 2012 and the cancer came back. Additionally, he has used an inhibitor medication as well to treat his cancer and he has an abnormal gene. Thus, Advanced Melanoma is treated with an immunotherapy. Keytruda was just FDA approved August 9, 2016. From August 2014 until August 2016, clinical trials took place.
We are very grateful that Michael will be able to take part in immunotherapy, but we realize that very little stats exist on the effectiveness of Advanced Melanoma treatment. Something is better than nothing.
Michael will be receiving Keytruda until the treatment no longer works or toxicity is too much for his body to handle. Whichever comes first. I won’t list the side effects, small in size to extreme in nature. Cancer is cancer and treatment is treatment, no matter how one spins it. So why list what might happen!
One might also wonder if the tumor was removed, why does he need treatment at all. Advanced Melanoma that has returned, needs treated. The Melanoma Monster is a monster for many reasons and one is that it remains invisible through Scans, Ultrasounds, MRI and blood tests for nearly too long.
We also have been given the next form of treatment information. Plans sometimes are changed but having a plan to change is better than not having a plan at all!
Thank you all, far and near, for asking what we need. We don’t know what we need other than prayer. I love getting my daily texts from my girlfriends just to say hi and ask me what I need that day. Some days we need nothing at all and other days or nights we need a lot more. So just keep reaching out – text is best- and we won’t hesitate to tell you what we need that day, if anything at all.
As we settle in to fight the fight, battle the beast and destroy the disease, we remember that Michael’s treatment in 2012, Biochemo, was only FDA approved 48 hours prior to his treatment beginning! So we will take this treatment now available to him albeit new and smile to survival!
Let the games begin!
Ology of the Day
It’s not how far you go but how far you’ve come