On Beyond Cancer

My life with metastatic breast cancer

Second genetic test results are in April 21, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — onbeyondcancer @ 2:32 pm

Dr H gave me a call last week to let me know that the genetic tests on the tumor sample from my surgery in March were complete.  I have not yet seen the results or recommendations based on the results, but she gave me a quick overview on the phone.  The two mutations found in my previous sample were still there, plus two new mutations, for a total of 4.  Unfortunately, there are currently no treatments either FDA approved or on clinical trial for either of the new mutations.  While I am still glad I had the testing done, that was a big disappointment.  New drugs are always in development, so its possible a matching drug will be available in the future.  The testing also showed that the cancer cells from my liver were very different from my mastectomy sample, which I think indicates that the treatments I had four years ago worked well on most of the cancer cells and that the cancer has had work hard at changing to survive all the treatments.

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4 Responses to “Second genetic test results are in”

  1. So sorry to hear your mutations don’t provide you with any additional treatment options. I hope this will change in the future. There is a lot in ‘the pipeline’: medication against other types of cancer, which may work well against breast cancer, too. Like Afinitor, which was originally registered for kidney cancer.

  2. Clarke, Wilford E Says:

    Dear Karissa – Unfortunate news, but at least it appears that earlier treatments were effective. Makes you wonder how the pharma companies can even try to keep up with new drugs. Do those results get shared with pharma companies so they know what to work on?

    Love, Dad

    Bill Clarke | Senior Director | Cloud Services | NTT DATA Inc | 410.353.9569 | Wilford.Clarke@nttdata.com


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