Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The SAHA Trial

I'm leaving in a little while. I go back to New York for lab tests every week for the first four weeks of the trial and from then on I only go back once per month. The latest tests show that I have cancer in about six places: two on the right side of my neck, two on the left side of my neck, one in my chest and some activity in my belly. The new medicine, called SAHA, consists of about 17 pills every day for three weeks and then one week off. Right now, I'm coming up to my week off. When I'm on the meds, I get a headache that doesn't go away until night time, feel nauseous and get tired. Recently I got a head cold and am fighting that without other meds because they don't want to elevate my liver function. Even so, my spirits are up. Thanks to everyone who has dropped a line. I haven't blogged in a while because the medicine makes me really tired during the day. Plus, I have nothing new to say and didn't want to bore you all. I'll try to post something more substantial in the next week. Thanks again. 


  1. Headache, nausea and elevated liver function - sounds like a night out with Todd.

    Seriously, have a safe trip and know we are thinking of you and your family.

  2. You could tell us what you watched on TV today and we'd be happy. Cereal.

    Keep on fighting, Superman!!!!

    Much love from all of us!!!

  3. Hang in there SuperHerlehy!!!

  4. So, now you're an windy-apple commuter? Small steps on the long journey..hang in there and keep the Faith...God speed!

  5. In all fairness to me, it's not the night out that will get you, it's the early morning hours when everyone our age has gone to bed that will absolutely ruin your next day. Now, in Michael's case, he has the perfect opportunity for a night out because he already basically has the hang over. There's basically nothing to lose other than one's self respect and a few more brain cells.

    To the extent possible, enjoy New York and feel better.

  6. I was thinking about you over the weekend....did you get stranded in NYC?