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A happier update to share

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    shellebrownies
    Participant

      By the grace of God, Roche has given Don approval to join the expanded access vemurafenib trial based on his earlier positive BRAF result. (The test conducted by Roche on the tissue sample we provided came back negative, even though it was from the same sample that had tested postive on GSK's test in May).

      He started the medication today and it was none too soon; he has had increasing back pain in the last week that we are still in the process of controlling.

      By the grace of God, Roche has given Don approval to join the expanded access vemurafenib trial based on his earlier positive BRAF result. (The test conducted by Roche on the tissue sample we provided came back negative, even though it was from the same sample that had tested postive on GSK's test in May).

      He started the medication today and it was none too soon; he has had increasing back pain in the last week that we are still in the process of controlling.

      We still do not know the outcome of what will happen when he is transitioned off the trial once the drug becomes commercially available, but for now, we are happy to have access to the drug at all.

      Thank you, everyone, who has kept us in their thoughts and prayers; I cannot tell you how much that has meant to us!

      Michelle, wife of Don

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        TracyLee
        Participant

          Michelle,

          Hooray! I had a VERY quick BRAF response (within 2 days) Prayerfully, so will Don.

          I was literally drowning in lung fluid, getting drained every 4 days. I could feel it start to work, because I wasn't getting so short of breath after several days past a lung drain.

          Prayers for a rapid response and no pain for Don!

          TracyLee

          TracyLee
          Participant

            Michelle,

            Hooray! I had a VERY quick BRAF response (within 2 days) Prayerfully, so will Don.

            I was literally drowning in lung fluid, getting drained every 4 days. I could feel it start to work, because I wasn't getting so short of breath after several days past a lung drain.

            Prayers for a rapid response and no pain for Don!

            TracyLee

              Lisa13
              Participant

                I'm so very happy that Don has been accepted into the trial. I hope and pray for all the very best in his treatment.

                TraceyLee – your story is truly a miracle.  Whether it's the result of the ipi, BRAF or both – you have a new found hope to believe that this melanoma will be gone!

                Best wishes!

                Lisa – Stage 4

                Lisa13
                Participant

                  I'm so very happy that Don has been accepted into the trial. I hope and pray for all the very best in his treatment.

                  TraceyLee – your story is truly a miracle.  Whether it's the result of the ipi, BRAF or both – you have a new found hope to believe that this melanoma will be gone!

                  Best wishes!

                  Lisa – Stage 4

                Phil S
                Participant
                  Michelle So happy that Don was able to get this drug. Hoping and praying for good results. Keep us posted. Valerie (phil’s wife)
                  Phil S
                  Participant
                    Michelle So happy that Don was able to get this drug. Hoping and praying for good results. Keep us posted. Valerie (phil’s wife)
                    glewis923
                    Participant

                      Best of luck ya'll !   I start next week at Emory-Winship in Hotlanta. under Dr. Lawson.  I had ALSO been previously Positive but had to do the redundancy thing-  held me up a least a week…..long story, but very greatful and Hopeful for ALL of us that we are finally getting something / somewhere.  Just hope my brain "matters" will also clear up.

                      Love ,  Grady & Family.

                      glewis923
                      Participant

                        Best of luck ya'll !   I start next week at Emory-Winship in Hotlanta. under Dr. Lawson.  I had ALSO been previously Positive but had to do the redundancy thing-  held me up a least a week…..long story, but very greatful and Hopeful for ALL of us that we are finally getting something / somewhere.  Just hope my brain "matters" will also clear up.

                        Love ,  Grady & Family.

                        JuleFL
                        Participant
                          Wonderful news! Hoping for great positive results.

                          Jule

                          JuleFL
                          Participant
                            Wonderful news! Hoping for great positive results.

                            Jule

                            JerryfromFauq
                            Participant

                              Interestiing. Very glad to see the acceptance of the GSK BRAF test.  Does the GSK BRAF test results specify which BRAF mutation his tumor was positive for?

                                  Praying for great results. (uickly)!

                              JerryfromFauq
                              Participant

                                Interestiing. Very glad to see the acceptance of the GSK BRAF test.  Does the GSK BRAF test results specify which BRAF mutation his tumor was positive for?

                                    Praying for great results. (uickly)!

                                boot2aboot
                                Participant

                                  well Michelle, you and Don deserve good news and complete response with minimal side effects and greater quality of life…HO!

                                  i am still waiting for my pills…should be sometime next week or following

                                  boots

                                  boot2aboot
                                  Participant

                                    well Michelle, you and Don deserve good news and complete response with minimal side effects and greater quality of life…HO!

                                    i am still waiting for my pills…should be sometime next week or following

                                    boots

                                    boot2aboot
                                    Participant

                                      well Michelle, you and Don deserve good news and complete response with minimal side effects and greater quality of life…HO!

                                      i am still waiting for my pills…should be sometime next week or following

                                      boots

                                      boot2aboot
                                      Participant

                                        well Michelle, you and Don deserve good news and complete response with minimal side effects and greater quality of life…HO!

                                        i am still waiting for my pills…should be sometime next week or following

                                        boots

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