Hi friends! Here is an easy way to keep up with what is going on with my cancer treatment in Vienna.
As many of you know, in July I was diagnosed with stage IIB cervical cancer - ladies, get your check ups! I underwent chemo radiation treatment at MD Anderson in August and September. At my follow up scan at the end of December a few localized lymph nodes lit up. After doing our research and consulting with some experts with whom we trust, we decided to pursue immunotherapy. The Kleef Clinic in Vienna Austria was at the top of our list for the exciting things they are doing with Hyperthermia, Interleukin II, Opdivo and Yervoy (at much smaller doses than some of the trials you may have read about in the states) . We got here on January 28th and began my 5 week treatment. Could I have received this treatment in the US? Currently immunotherapy is only approved for certain cancers and I would have had to find and qualify for a trial. It is easier to gain access to these therapies in Europe and other places in the world. And, just as in the US, new discoveries of check point inhibitors and other drugs have let to some exciting results. Here we were able to start immediately. I am currently scheduled to be here until around March 1. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting!