Friday, 4 November 2011

To Boldly Go.....

I am happy to say I have been accepted on the MolMed trial at Maidstone Hospital.

‘MolMed expands NGR-hTNF trial in US’
PBR Staff Writer Published 26 October 2011
MolMed, a biotechnology company, has expanded the Phase III trial of its investigational anticancer drug NGR-hTNF in malignant pleural mesothelioma, in the US.
NGR-hTNF is a vascular targeting agent belonging to peptide/cytokine complexes, which can selectively target the tumour vasculature.
The randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre Phase III NGR015 trial, will enroll 390 adult patients affected by malignant pleural mesothelioma with disease progressing after standard pemetrexed-based chemotherapy.
The primary endpoint is overall survival, while the secondary endpoints include progression-free survival, disease control rate, safety and patients' quality of life.
The company expects to announce the results in 2013.’

There is a 50:50 chance I will get the drug or the placebo – but that is the chance I will have to take and with the backup of chemo it really is my best option. It will be a difficult journey – 2 hospital visits each week, consultant every third week, scan every 6 weeks, chemo day 1 and 8 of a 21 day cycle....... It is an hours drive each way to Maidstone so long days ahead. Whatever the outcome for me the info gained by the research team will hopefully benefit the next generation of asbestos harmed people.
This regime will all start next Thursday Nov 10th   so wish me and Alan  luck as we take this step into the unknown – scarey but with uncertainty comes hope.
Tess x


  1. I wish you all the luck in the world Tess,I do hope you get the

  2. Tess you only go to Maidstone for bloods on the day you go to see Doctor Shar
    So that 2 weeks you go to your own hospital make sure Karen gives you a blood form to take.
    So its every third week you do 2 vists to Maidstone.
    You are given 2 packet of Chemo tablets One pack you take when you get home on the thursday and keep a pack in your fridge to take the next drug day
    It all sounds muddles now but you do get into the routine --honest xxx
    Lots of hope we must be positive xxxxxxxx

  3. wishing you lots of luck, you're on the trial for all of meso-warriers

  4. Tess, you are always in my thoughts and prayers and I sincerely believe you will be helped through this trial.

    Janet xx

  5. Tess, you know you are always in my thoughts and prayers and even more so as you embark on your 'new treatment regime'
    It is a lot to take in all at once but I am confident you will receive excellent support from your consultant and his team.

    My love and biggest hugs for you and Alan.

    Christine xxxx

  6. It all sounds very complicated Tess but I'm sure it will be worth it. You're in my thoughts and prayers too and I'll be sending extra cyber hugs to you and Alan
    Claire xx

  7. Tess you are in my thoughts and prayers. You will be moving forward the research and I hope it helps you.
    Godbless Jen x

  8. Wishing you all the luck you need Tess and sending vibes for you to get the drug. I hope it helps you.
    Ann x

  9. good luck, plus a quick thank you as I love looking at all the photos on your blog