Meredith and Vic had a great meeting with another doctor at Vanderbilt on Friday. He was very encouraging in that her cancer seems to be very slow growing, and he seemed to think that researchers are getting close to finding a cure for melanoma! That news alone made my day. This doctor knew of another trial going on in Boston, and he should let them know by Wednesday if Meredith can get into that study. The Boston trial is studying Pembro along with another new immunotherapy drug that I don't know the name of.
For those of you who've been following, Meredith's tumor did test positive for the BRAF gene, but the doctor at Vanderbilt recommended they wait before trying any BRAF inhibitors as those can be accompanied by a host of unpleasant side effects. For now the priority is getting into a trial where she can get the combination of Pembro and and an immunotherapy drug. Second option is to just start the yervoy if she can't do a trial.
Just wanted to update everyone that Meredith and Vic are doing well and remain encouraged by this news and by all of the support you are pouring out on them. As always, we are very grateful!