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trials was posted 06/02/2018 10:00 am by Anonymous
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I'm sorry to hear about the spread of disease.

What I suspect your doctor meant was that the trials that were offered at your hospital did not have an option for you, based on the criteria of those trials. Yes, unfortunately there are often restrictions as to who can enter. Sometimes having had cancer previously is such a restriction, but usually it is not absolutely strict. Sometimes you are eligible depending upon when those cancers were treated, how advanced they were at time of treatment and what type they were.

For example, there is a very exciting trial called NCI-MATCH that is looking for people with advanced solid cancers (like you!) after they have progressed on proven treatments. They then do genetic testing of your tumor and offer you new treatments for free based upon the genetic mutations in your tumor. This is a very interesting study that everyone on this board should try to enter if their disease progresses. It is offered nation wide, and can be joined remotely.

However, they do have restrictions if you have had cancer before. This is what they are. Can you meet these restrictions?

NOTE: No other prior malignancy is allowed except for the following: adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer; in situ cervical cancer; adequately treated stage I or II cancer from which the patient is currently in complete remission; any other cancer from which the patient has been disease-free for 5 years

So you need to find the 'eligibility criteria' for any clinical trial and see if you fit them based on your history. If you fit the NCI-MATCH criteria, definitely talk with your doctor. I suspect he knows the trials and would let you know if there was one at your hospital that would work for you, but I would look at the info about them online and double check, just in case....

And have you seen a Cancer Geneticist yet? Your history is very unusual and you most certainly have a genetic predisposition for cancer and should be tested. Sometimes people like you respond better to specific treatments based on the gene mutations in your tumor, so please see a Cancer Geneticist if you haven't already and ask your doctor if your tumor has been center to a lab for gene testing. I think more doctors are doing it these days.

Good luck.

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