First, a little background on what your donation would be funding! A group of ROS1 patients ( The ROS1ders) from all over the globe have come together to form a support group on Facebook. As part of the support, we have joined to do a patient-driven research project based at the University of Colorado. Cell lines are being developed to study this rare cancer. The goal is to understand resistance and find new treatments. Your dollars go 100% to the research. This is supported through Bonnie Addario Lung Cancer Foundation along with many other patient support programs.
ROS1+ cancer occurs when a gene called ROS1 fuses with a nearby gene and swaps pieces of DNA. Thus far over 20 different genes have been found to fuse with ROS1 and drive ROS1+ cancer. When this happens, the ROS protein encoded by the ROS1 gene becomes abnormal. The actions of this abnormal protein drive the cell to behave like cancer: live forever, make many copies of itself, invade neighboring cells, and ultimately travel through the bloodstream and lymph to create tumors in other parts of the body.ROS1 cancer tends to be aggressive and can spread to the bones and brain. It is rare cancer comprising only 1% of all lung cancers. It typically occurs in non-smokers and young healthy people. It occurs in several other cancers as well. This is one of several mutations, all responding differently, often requiring different therapies
Now, GO2 is leading a project (funded by ALCF and ROS1ders) to create new ROS1 cancer models from fresh biopsy and surgery specimens donated by ROS1ders. The tumor tissue will be implanted into specialized mice in order to create animals with human cancer cells that keep dividing and growing over time in order to study the biology of cancer and to test cancer treatments. The nature of this cancer is to develop drug resistance by mutating, thus requiring ever-changing therapies. Many of those therapies are oral meds. I donated to this tissue bank in July 2019 when I had a tissue biopsy due to progression in my lung. I currently have a cell line that can be used by researchers all over the world. I also have mice with my tumors to be studied. I hope to contribute for the cure to cancer.
In order to continue to study ROS1 + cancers and make progress, we need to continue to raise funds. Please consider donating to the ROS1ders and help them in their quest to find their next treatment and save their lives. The project is underway with multiple cell lines set-up!
Thanks for visiting my page. I was diagnosed with ROS1 lung cancer in the summer of 2016. At the time I felt I only had a few months to live. I was 57 years young, really at the prime of my life. I had always done everything I could to have good health. I had just had a new Grandson, moved to a new area, and built a new house with my Husband Tim by my side. I felt great, practiced yoga, hiked and kayaked most days, worked my part-time job as home health RN and loved life. Little did I know that I was very sick. I had a cough, just thought it was spring allergies. It wouldn't go away. I eventually went to the Doctor. I got a chest X-ray. It held the beginning of the story that told how sick I was. Within a month I was diagnosed with advanced NSCLC with brain and bone metastases. My only hope was that I had a mutation.
I found myself in the hospital within a month, unable to breathe. I figured that was it and I was a goner. I had a pulmonary embolus and a pneumothorax from a lung biopsy. After a few days, my Doctor came into my room and told me I had a ROS1
mutation from the testing they had done for genetic mutations. There was a very effective medication to treat it. I started Crizotinib in the hospital and was discharged home in a few days. My cough was gone! A week later I was Kayaking! Two months later I was Cross Country skiing!
It's been almost 4 years now and I'm on my fourth drug, all oral meds. There are only two FDA approved drugs for ROS1. I have been on both, the others are clinical trials. It's been a rough road at times. I still want to live. I still love to hike and kayak. I love to be home doing art and spending time with family and friends. I currently go to Denver every 4 weeks for a clinical trial for the repotrectenib. Time is running out because the drugs are running out. The ROS1ders are working hard to support the research that results in new treatments. Please help to support us with your donations! Thank you!
You can make a secure donation on this page or send checks to the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer at the following address: 1100 Industrial Rd #1, San Carlos, CA 94070