For any of you curious cats out there, I thought I'd give some more information on James's upcoming treatment. I realized today that I likely left some unanswered questions.
James will have four rounds of chemo (12 doses) starting July 22. This is actually the exact same treatment (same drugs, same duration) he would receive were he eligible for the clinical trial.
The clinical trial is not actually experimenting with this portion of treatment.
Where things currently stand with James's plan of treatment vs. clinical trial is in what they call "the management phase." In the clinical trial, James would be receiving a weekly dose of one of those chemo drugs used in treatment for the rest of his life. In real life (where we are!) James's doctor, together with us, has the power to decide what is best-practice and medically necessary.
Thank you for your continued prayers! Not a one of us knows yet what God has planned, so let's continue to walk with Him in faith, believing and hoping for what we cannot see. Surely when we reach the end of this trial we would ALL like to be able to say, "We trusted God through it, and He proved Himself faithful, good, and loving in ways I could not imagine." You might feel like you are merely on the sidelines, watching all this unfold. But if you join us in prayer, for us, you become a participant in it...and together, we will see God.