Thursday, July 23, 2009

I am HLA-A2 Positive

As it turns out, I am HLA-A2 positive. This has been confirmed by blood work at both UPMC and Johns Hopkins. Being HLA-A2+ is a good thing in this case because researchers have discovered that they can more easily target melanoma cells in these patients with their drugs.

There are a few treatments / studies that are available to me due to this recent discovery. Among them are the new and exciting studies at the National Cancer Institute run by Dr Steven Rosenburg. Dr Sharfman is working on getting my information sent over. I was told to call the NCI after my MRI next Tuesday. The MRI is a prerequisite for the Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocyte (Adoptive Cell Therapy) study. They want to make sure I have no mets to the brain.

Looks like I need to do some more reading and build a new list of questions for when I meet with Dr Rosenburg.

2 comments:

jimmy_B said...

Mike, that is Great news!!!!

Adopptive Cell Therapygives you another option. You need to donate a tumor so they can grow the TIL cells.

Hang in there

Take care

Jimmy B

Melanoma_Missionary

dougsmoonbaby said...

Sounds promising! Keep doing your research and keep us all informed.

Ellen