Hello, Halaven!

Hello, Halaven!

After many hours of research and several second and third and forth opinions, I decided to enroll in Dr. Kantor’s Halaven (eribulin) clinical trial.  (CLICK HERE if you missed it.)

Yesterday, I found out that I am in the experimental arm, and I will have my first hit of Halaven tomorrow afternoon.  Each cycle is two injections, one a week for two weeks, with one week off.  I will do this for twelve weeks (eight injections for four cycles total).

After that, I will have four cycles of AC, which will be one injection every three weeks for twelve weeks.

Halaven is a synthetic version of a cancer-fighting compound a couple of Japanese scientists found in a sea sponge in the mid-1980s.

Here’s a lovely photo of Halichondria okadai, the magical sponge:

sponge

 

Unfortunately, one ton of Halichondria okadai and his friends could only produce 300mg of the super fantastic cancer-fighting compound, so studies were halted.

Years later, Harvard scientists picked the study back up in hopes of creating a synthetic version of the compound, and they were successful.

CLICK HERE for more about eribulin, my new magical mystery cancer drug.

The hope for the study is that Halaven will attack the cancer cells in a way that will make them less likely to come back.  The side-effects of Halaven are believed to be less severe than those of the standard drug, Taxol.  I am hopeful that this is the case.  Another bonus of Halaven is its five-minute injection time, which completely trumps Taxol’s one-hour injection time.  As long as I am feeling up to it, I do not need to miss work for treatments.  Happy day.  And, happy Halaven!

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