Oral chemotherapy for brain cancer

Life During Cancer — By on August 12, 2009 at 6:23 pm

I am truly lucky to be eligible for (what I think is probably) the easiest chemotherapy solution ever. I am treated with Temodar, a drug that came out of a clinical trial phase more than two years ago and is available to people with certain types of brain tumors. Temodar is taken orally and treatment for me involves taking the pill for five days and then having 23 days off.

I experience a bit of nausea, but hair loss is not a side affect and I don’t have to go anywhere or receive intravenous therapy. I know what you’re thinking. “WTF? How cool for you!”

To get an understanding of what is involved in oral chemotherapy check out my video on You Tube.

Sadly, people suffering from tumors like mine 2+ years ago did not have Temodar as an option (though they had other, more tradition chemo options). This makes me think about breakthroughs that might be available two years from now.

Ultimately, as a person with cancer, my goal is to live long enough to benefit from the next generation of treatment. This is the same “fix” for anyone with cancer that is not in remission, because guess what? There is no “cure” for cancer.

As a matter of fact, the World Health Organization only recently classified cancer as “chronic disease,” like diabetes and strokes. This may sound sucky, but it sure beats the previous classification as a “deadly disease”.

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