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Aromatherapy | Cancer in general ▶Medivizor – Kathleen Hoffman ▶ It has taken decades of work for researchers to find ways to activate the immune system to treat cancer (what we now call immuno-oncology or I-O). Much of that work has been poorly funded. Largely, it has been the result of researchers getting…
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Posted by Kathleen Hoffman on Apr 12, 2018 in Blog ▶ In a continuation of posts on the endocrine system, we introduce four tiny glands (the size of a grain of rice) that perform a huge job. The parathyroid glands are in charge of keeping the calcium levels in your body in balance. Parathyroid Glands Location ...
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▶ City of Hope is currently the only institution in Southern California to offer both FDA-approved car-t cell therapies ▶ CANSWER ▶ https://goo.gl/p1nptt
A cancer diagnosis is far-reaching, impacting the new patient, as well as friends and family. An immediate reaction for the latter is to comfort and provide help. Knowing the right things to say, or how to offer support, isn’t easy. Nor is it always easy for the patient to ask for assistance and accept it. Follow a few pointers and it’s possible to bridge these gaps. ▶CANSWER ▶ https://goo.gl/hDFsX3
New York Times – Denise Grady – Apr 16, 2018, 6:31 AM – The odds of survival can greatly improve for people with the most common type of lung cancer if, along with the usual chemotherapy, they are also given a drug that activates the immune system, a major new study has shown. The findings should change…★ NUZ ★ https://goo.gl/Ds19F5
CANSWERIST? One in three families could be so identified as cancer survivors or caregivers for same. Millions live in ALTACITIES, “alternate cities” or common interest developments (homeowner associations or HOAs), all of which has something to do with today‘s #SocialCurrentSee, as archived in these pages and stories...
One injection could kill cancerbraveheartsforkids.org – aggregation – archived from Mar 11, 2018 ▶ Scientists experimenting with an innovative treatment for cancer have now devised a targeted injection that has already successfully eliminated tumors in mice. Could one shot administered directly to a solid tumor mark the end of cancer? Research… ★ NUZ ★
The embedded tweet above and companion post on FACEBOOK prompt this question and a possible CANSWER: What would be the outlet for so many medical-advice and medical-support user forums if Facebook did not exist?
Due to my mantle cell lymphoma DX in 2006 and my Type2 diabetic condition, I am a member of about a dozen such forums. The total membership and traffic on those pages (virtually all of them are closed to members only) are significant, number into the multiple thousands.
As we all know, privacy concerns have created a lot of chatter about the over-reach and intrusive nature of Facebook, specifically, and social media in general. Some of those concerns are valid. But most of the chatter about this flow from the political arena, not from the nonprofits and the self-help sources that comprise the bulk of these pages and message boards.
So my CANSWER is Facebook may become more regulated and may do a better job of protecting the privacy of users, but the social media giant is not going to disappear.
▶ SLIDESHOW ▶
MARCH 27, 2006 … a day for MCL ‘discovery’ The day is just a normal “hump day” (Wednesday
in 2006) when I rose to shower and prepare for work, anticipating the events to begin on
Friday next when Dee Dee and I were due to leave on a flight from Ontario, CA, for Orlando, FL,
to attend my 40th graduation class homecoming at Forest Lake Academy. We paused in the
shower at the discovery of a lump that was the size of a golf ball under my right arm that had
not been there at bedtime the night before. Still, we showered, shaved, and prepared for work.
an opinion, a diagnosis, or DX, came a couple weeks later. The rest of the story is told
in these LINKs.
▶ As I have shared before, I am a City of Hope patient. MCL DX came in April 2006 (age 57 and I will be 70 in June), blastoid type, with a following almost 16 months of various chemo regimens starting with R-CHOP, then others.
Had an unrelated German donor SCT in Aug. 2007 and two years of full remission. But a single-tumor relapse in Oct. 2009 was treated successfully with targeted radiation (Tomotherapy) and I have been in full remission since that time. Only maintenance therapy now is periodic IVIGs, but as I am getting older, the frequency of IVIGs is increasing. In fact, my oncologist has now scheduled routine IVIGs every eight weeks. Every time now and every time in the past, my premeds for the IVIGs have been Benadryl and Tylenol alone.
In more than ten years of this routine, I have never had an adverse reaction. Going on a 12-year survival mark, I guess I have reached the long-term category? The bulk of my treatment was at City of Hope, Duarte, CA (east of Los Angeles and about 2 hours north of San Diego). Of course, at City of Hope, I would recommend the oncology/hematology team that includes MCL specialist Ryotaro Nakamura, MD, my primary oncologist since 2007. Follow me on http://canswersite.com
Here's the Problem with Today's Human Clinical Trials
Our 21March18 post of a NUZZEL story about cancer clinical trials prompts my personal recollection of the singular time I was involved in a clinical trial and encouraged to participate in another. In 2017, we were approaching the end of a 16-month period, finding that our prescribed chemo treatments were becoming less effective, even non-effective. Upon referral by our primary oncologist at the time, we visited an oncology specialist at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. There we were enrolled in a clinical trial for the drug VELCADE® (bortezomib) that proved ineffective as well, so the oncologist suggested a new clinical trial for a combination of drugs including VELCADE® (a cocktail of sorts), but after reading the patient disclosures, we opted not to participate. That experience caused us to make a beeline to City of Hope to enroll in the BMT (bone marrow transplant) program that ultimately brought us lasting remission (now almost 11 years in duration).
NUZZEL ▶ Fortune – Mar 20, 2018, 3:57 PM – LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif.—The cost to develop and gain FDA approval for a new drug today is more than $2.5 billion, according to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. Driving much of that cost are human clinical trials. They're… NUZZLE ▶ https://goo.gl/zJxnNo VIDEO ▶http://bit.ly/2GPAAQP ▶ PDF ▶ http://docdro.id/bKPQ5d8
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