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Gosh what a day. Shireen and I went to the Cancer Care Center and talked with Dr. Wilks and she had informed me that my liver count was 42 and to be in the study I needed to have 40 on my count. What that means is... I dont know. Anyways I have to go back and do regular chemo. I asked the dr. what my chances of surviving are without the chemo and she said "You didn't just ask me that question" then she smurked....She replied that I had a very high chance of living if I dont do the chemo, but she couldn't say how long. Well, I told her I just wanted to know, then she replied "you will have somewhat a chance to survive with chemo than without chemo. So I go back tomorrow.
You said you were turned down for a study. Was it a clinical trial, and if so what phase was the trial in? There are many different clinical trials and a number of different phases, each with a different goal. Without knowing this, it's hard to respond. I had looked into some clinical trials for my colon cancer, but the only one I might qualify for was in phase 1, and I am not willing to participate in a phase 1since it's goals do not match mine. So, it may be a good thing not to be accepted.
It's not fair to ask a doctor about longevity unless you are in the final stages of life. God did not put an expiration date on the bottom of your foot, so the doctor would only be guessing. During my first year of treatment, many people did not expect me to survive the year. The statistics also showed only a 2% survival rate to 5 years. And guess what, it's been 6 1/2 years since my diagnosis. You can't go by statistics or what other people think. It's between you and God. Have faith, and pray not for your will, but that His will be done. I am still receiving chemo every other week, and still have occassional problems, but you can see by my travel videos that my wife and I are having great lives despite having this terrible disease (and most likely BECAUSE of this disease). Being able to receive chemo is a gift from God, as a way of extending our lives temporarily or even long term. It is my opinion only, that to deny receiving medical treatment is to reject God's gift. It is different if chemo is not necessary, as is the case with many people, but it is important that you have a doctor that truly cares about you (not just another patient number), that you understand what the doctor is telling you and you have faith in your doctor. Without knowing more specifics, I can only offer my opinion based on what I've read in your notes. If the clinic has a patient support group, they can often give you more insight into what is going on than you can get from the doctor. I urge you to find others that you can talk to that can give you more answers and support.
You remain in our prayers, Jeff