In the name of science- NOVA study participate

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In the name of science- NOVA study participate

Postby Beckster » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:10 am

My oncologist reached out to me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I was interested in participating in a clinical research study for Stage II and III colon cancer patients within 2 years of resection. So in the name of science, today I met with him, signed the consent forms and had my blood drawn. He explained to me that I was entering the NOVA study based in Australia. A one time only blood draw to study a newer form of DNA bloodwork to screen for Colon Cancer. He said that this test could replace the CEA test and it would be sensitive to only Colon Cancer. Even though it would not benefit for me, it would benefit future generations. He also stated that this test could someday replace colonoscopies. Onward I march to to find this cancer before it does harm!
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DX:(CC) 10/19/16
11/4/16- Lap right hemi(cecum)
CEA- Pre Op (1.9), Pre Chemo (2.5)
Type: Adenocarcinoma
Tumor size: 3.5 cm x 2.5 x 0.7 cm
Grade: G3 (surgical) G2 (pre-op)
LN: 0/24
LVI present
Surgical margins: clear
12/27/2016 - Capeox, anaphylactic reaction to oxaliplatin on first infusion-discontinued
1/2/17 to 6/9/17- Xeloda monotherapy
6/17, 12/17, 6/18, 12/18 CT Scan NED :D
CEA- 6/17- 3.6, 9/17- 2.8 12/17-2.8, 3/18-3.1, 6/18-3.0, 9/18 2.8, 12/18 2.5
Clear Colonoscopy 10/17 :D

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Re: In the name of science- NOVA study participate

Postby Punky44 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:13 am

Good for you. My mom was also asked to be a study participant during her consultation yesterday and she agreed because it would be very cool to be able to say your data helped others in the future.
Caregiver to my amazing mom (68)
10/1/18 DX with rectal cancer; CEA 17 at diagnosis
MRI/CT/PET puts staging at T3N2M0
Total neoadjuvant therapy:
8 rounds Folfox 11/5/18 - 2/11/19; CEA dropped to 6.2
Short course radiation 3/14/19 - 3/20/19
Robotically assisted laparoscopic LAR 3/21/19
Pathology report says yT2N0M0 with 0/38 nodes

Me: 34, first colonoscopy 11/16/18—normal! Come back in 5 years.

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Re: In the name of science- NOVA study participate

Postby Teddybear » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:09 pm

Thank you for participating in this. I can only imagine how many lives could be impacted if colonoscopy can be replaced with a blood test. Let’s hope it works!
DX CC Feb 2018
Feb 2018 Lap sigmoind resection
0/14 nodes
no invasion
Margins clear
April-June 2018 Xeloda

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