My oncologist, Dr Tran at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, gave me two options of chemotherapy. The first, PCV (Procarbazine CCNU Lomustine Vincristine), is the more toxic of the two. The three names are three different types of chemo. Vincristine is a 15minute IV drip (intravenous drip), Procarbazine is a tablet for 10 consecutive days, and CCNU (Lomustine) is one tablet. This would be repeated every 6 weeks, for 6 rounds, over a 9 month period. The second option, Temozolomide, is less toxic and consists of 5 tablets a month (every 28 days), on consecutive days. This is newer approach to treating brain tumours, and the original chemo drug that I am on the clinical trial for.
I spoke with my neuro surgeon, Dr Karabatsou, and my oncologist, Dr Tran, about my options and decisions. I would start my chemo in the UK, under the care of Dr Tran and the amazing staff at the Christie Hospital, then as previously planned I would head home to Sydney, Australia, at the end of June.