I completed my third chemo treatment last Monday. As my doctors predicted, each week takes a tougher toll on me physically. The effects are cumulative and as of this week, are now very visible.
Currently my treatment regimen consists of two standard chemo drugs, Paclitaxel and Carboplatin, and a clinical study drug called Panitumumab.
Clinical studies are quite interesting, and while I don’t want to bore you with details, I will tell you that each study has four phases. I am in a phase two study with the Panitumumab.
Phase two allows 40 participants and I am number 29. I don’t have much information at this time on how the 28 women before me fared while on this treatment, but I can tell you, many of the side effects they warned me about have affected me. The skin rash and acne are the most notable.