We got a call this morning from Mike's excited oncologist. Over the weekend at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference, data was released on a chemo drug called Erbitux. It's usually used to treat colon cancer and head and neck cancer. Now it appears to be beneficial to patients with lung tumors. So since Mike's cancer is in the head and neck and also the lung, he wants to try this out.
It will be in addition to the regular chemo -- it's basically another weapon in our arsenal -- but it can't be given with the regular chemo. So tomorrow Mike will get the Erbitux treatment, which should only take about two hours. Then next Tuesday, we'll do the five-hour regular regimen.
We're excited about this and we are pleased that Dr. Neel is on top of the latest breakthroughs and is thinking of the best ways to help his patients.
We also want to say thank you to all our friends and families for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers and for all the nice e-mails, calls and comments on the blog. I never thought in all my life I'd get weepy over a Hooter's gift card, but our good friends Todd and Stephanie sent us some last week so we can keep celebrating victories, big and small (see previous post). Love you guys! Marina was here this weekend and Charles is coming later this month. It really keeps our spirits up and makes us feel like we're not all alone in this.