Friday, August 28, 2009

R7112 and Alencar

R7112, the trial I am on, did not work on Jose Alencar, the vice-president of Brazil. I am watching the news on the Brazilian channel, TV Globo, and they just announced that the experimental treatment Jose Alencar was on, at MD Anderson in Texas, did not work. The number of sarcoma tumors in his abdomen increased. But as always, 77 years old Alencar is not giving up. Click here for link to news in Portuguese.
I was hoping that this trial would work on Jose Alencar. His story is so similar to mine (except to the vice-presidency part ;)). He has been through numerous surgeries (two of them with my NY surgeon, Murray Brennan). Just as it happened with me, ET 743 (yondelis) did not work with him.
According to the news report, the next step for him will be conventional chemotherapy. Surgery is out of the question for now.

Eu fico a torcer para que tudo dê certo.

9 comments:

Got Hope? I Do! said...

Elsa, please don't let this discourage you from your trial...every patient is different even if they have the same type of cancer. Each patient has its individual chemistry and it reacts differently to different drugs.

Just because it didn't work on Jose Alencar doesn't mean that it won't work for you.

I have a great deal of hope that the medication will work for you.

Chin up and focus on your goal to kick this cancers butt. All my positive vibes are with you.

Take care

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tapioca said...

Got Hope is right.
each case is a case.
Elsa, no teu caso, VAI DAR CERTO.
Queres apostar (à boa maneira chinesa...)?
Beijinhos

tapioca said...

volto a aparecer para transcrever um extracto da notícia da Globo: "tratamento experimental testado, com sucesso, em 30 pacientes."
Então não é uma notícia muito animadora?
Esquece o vice-presidente e concentra-te nos 30 casos de sucesso.
Outra dose de beijinhos

CLARINHA said...

é mesmo Elsa... em ti vai dar certo.
Um grande beijinho

Gabby said...

tt, this is the only thing I can spell in Portuguese so here it goes:
Eu quero gelado
It will work for you!!! don't worry. I have total faith and so does my mom

Joaquim said...

Lembras-te dos testes clínicos que não funcionaram em ti e funcionaram nos outros? Pois o contrário também é verdadeiro. Baixar os braços nunca (o Alencar também não o faz). Todas as coisas que foram possíveis um dia, antes eram impossíveis. Um beijo.

Kathy said...

Hi Elsa,
You have different genes, body chemistry, nutrition, stress level, etc. etc. than the President of Brazil. There are too many variables affecting treatment outcome. Don't let it get ya down. I do understand where you're coming from though. When I started Brivanib, I looked to you and Michelle to gage how effective it may be for me. You and Michelle had two totally different outcomes than eachother and me. Keep juicing, eating healthy, getting rest, and keep that spirit up. When is your first scan?
Kathy

Pedro said...

Hi.

Alencar's situation is really difficult. I was in the airport last friday going to Brasilia and his staff from Secret Service are just behind me in the queue to board the plane.

I briefly talked to them and it seems José Alencar is very ill.

I'm a teacher at med school, and I'm following this case very close. I was no sure it was R7112 but you probably know better.

I hope the treatment works on you!

cheers