Good news I got into the Abiraterone clinical trial (assuming my EKG is normal). Also, due to an awesome clinical trial manager, the plan is to meet with the doctor, have blood work done, meet with the clinical trial nurse and have the EKG on day one. Then two days later, assuming all tests are within range, I'll meet with the doctor and begin taking the medication. This will alleviate a return trip 4 or 5 days later.
The bad news is I am going to be traveling to Atlanta on a bi-weekly basis until a site closer to home opens up.
There are rumors of a location in Omaha (3 hour drive) or even at KU Cancer Center opening soon, but based on experience, 'soon' could range from from forever to never. I will remain positive, as always.
The more news portion is that after the initial trip I can fly back and forth to Atlanta on the same day and direct from KC! I'll scout it out but from the Google map I might be able to take the MARTA to within a mile or two of the doctor's office, catch a cab, have the appointment and then do it all in reverse. So in one day I will leave Kansas City bright and early and be back home by 10pm. So the logistics may be a bit of a challenge, but most important, we are hopeful that I will be able to receive the treatment that will get the cancer under control and my PSA will take a turn in the right direction.