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Hi, I'm Brian Bowe and I'm battling carcinoid.

  • Welcome

    I’m Brian Bowe, 55 years old, and consider myself to be an average guy. Unfortunately I also have a fairly rare and insidious disease: metastatic neuroendocrine carcinoid cancer. More

  • My Story

    Back in 2000-2001 I could tell that something wasn’t quite right. I just didn’t feel well. I was active, working hard, doing all of the things I enjoyed doing with my family and friends. More

  • Carcinoid Information

    Be your own advocate! That's the best advice I can give anyone with carcinoid, or any caregiver. It took me too long to learn that lesson. Check here for some helpful links. More

  • Donate

    I'm so incredibly fortunate that in 2011 over $80,000 was raised to help pay for my four rounds of PRRT. I will never be able to thank all of you enough who helped in that effort! Donate

FDA finally approves PRRT!

I can’t believe it’s been over six years since I started my first round of PRRT. At that time I chose to travel to Houston, the only place you could receive the therapy in the US, and pay out of pocket for the “experimental” clinical trial. I know how effective the treatment was for me, and I’m thrilled that after all these years the FDA has finally approved PRRT so that many more patients will be able to benefit from this therapy, and with the help of insurance.

2+ Years on Clinical Trial

I’m so thrilled that I’ve been on the Pazopanib Phase II Trial at Stanford for over two years now! I know that things will likely change at some point in the future, but for the time being my tumors/mets are all within the stable range. There are no new lesions. My typical markers (Chromogranin A, Serotonin, U-5HIAA, etc.) are all somewhat elevated, but relatively unchanged and stable. Stable is good. Boring is good. Life is good. All of this with just four pills at bedtime. No side effects. No drama. I still get injected every 28 days with 40mg Sandostatin LAR for symptom control. I also visit my amazing team at Stanford every four weeks, and have MRIs & CTs every three months. I’m happy to stay this course for as long as I can!

Five-Year Plan

Six months have passed since I started the Pazopanib trial at Stanford. Last week I had my latest milestone appointment with Dr. Kunz. I’m very happy and relieved to report that all of my tumors are still stable, with no signs of new tumor activity. Another very boring report/visit which makes me ecstatic! So again the plan is to stay the course. Kathy asked some good questions this time out, and the answers were very interesting. I knew there were over 150 patients enrolled in this trial nationwide (we found out the actual number is 165), but what we didn’t know is that apparently I’m the only one enrolled in the study through Stanford. We’d also been told that I can stay in the study so long as the results are favorable, but this time Dr. Kunz let us know that the outer limit is five years. To maintain my current quality of life I’ll gladly do this for five years.

I have been experiencing a little breakthrough syndrome, but certainly nothing out of the ordinary for me. While I’m on 40mg LAR every 28 days, I haven’t been using rescue injections for several years. It was suggested that I go back to using them on an as-needed basis so I stocked up on some of the pre-loaded octreotide syringes. We also discussed Telotristat, an oral med that hopefully will be coming to market later this year, and can supplement LAR injections to help manage syndrome. Let’s hear it for oral meds!