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I don't mean to sound so negative, but I swear if I didn't have bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck.

As some of you know, I have been busy doing tests to try to qualify for the GVAX clinical trial at U.C. Davis in Northern California. I have had an ekg, echocardiogram, pet scan, cat scan, pulmonary lung function test and a VQ test. I found out Thursday a.m. that I am not going to be accepted because I only scored a 48% on one of the tests and needed to score 50%. I am devastated by this news. Esentially, I have been on nothing for 3 months because Iressa did not work for me and the cancer is spreading quickly. I have numerous nodules in both lungs, lymph nodes and adrenal glands are also affected. I have pain that is getting worse in my left lung area. The onc. says it is either referral pain or caused by scarring that is impinging on nerves. Anyway, it requires me to have to take my pain medication (percodan 10mg.) every 4 hours.

I am going to try to get into the City of Hope for a clinical trial, but I am really feeling very discouraged at this point. This is the first time in a long time I just want to cry :cry: .

I am praying for all of us.


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I feel terrible that you were turned down for that trial, but I hope that something good comes along for you real soon.

Like Justa said, she had her first good piece of news in 8 months today, so good news might be right around the corner. I hope so.


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Cathy, I can only add how sorry I am you did not qualify for the trial... BUT.. there are so many out there, do the research and just contact a bunch at once until someone gets you in. I know you must be down, keep your chin up , if you can, good news is right around the corner. :D Blessings. gina

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Thank you all so much for your support. It's been a tough couple of weeks to say the least. I feel a bit better today ( maybe the new pain meds are working better). Yesterday I was very tearful. The City of Hope e-mailed me that they don't currently have any clinical trials available for stage 4 lung cancer. I still am going to have my onc. speak to them directly. He's out of town til the 31st. I am checking into other trials and will let you guys know if I find anything. It's just so hard to sit everyday not doing anything except waiting for this to get worse (which unfortunately, it is).

I don't know how I would ever get by without you all. This site is such a blessing and although there have been controversy at times, there are more times that it brings out the best in people.

Hugs to all of you,


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