We have a listener who has been battling terminal bladder cancer since 2011. He’s had to try to continue to work just to keep the lights on despite horrific intractable pain, but hasn’t had a full time job since being laid off in 2012. A few months ago he told me “i’m already $100 away from being homeless. At this point I long for the relief that death will bring.”
Recently he was admitted with intractable bleeding from his bladder, causing blood clots that obstructed his urethra, causing horrific pain. A large catheter with three tubes in it did continuous …
[This one is a rare effect, but if they can just figure out how to trigger it consistently (research is ongoing) this would be a kickass weapon in the war against malignant melanoma and some other cancers. A more general article on the abscopal effect can be found on Wikipedia, but here’s a quickie from Oncology Nurse Advisor. –dr steve]
A recent melanoma case featuring the abscopal effect, in which local radiotherapy delivered to a single tumor results in the regression of metastatic cancer at a distance from the irradiated site, may lay the groundwork …
[Another interesting idea…if you know someone with refractory multiple myeloma, they may qualify for a clinical trial in vaccine therapy (take THAT, anti-vaxxers!) –dr steve]
A woman with an incurable cancer is now in remission, thanks, doctors say, to a highly concentrated dose of the measles virus.
For 10 years, Stacy Erholtz, 49, battled multiple myeloma, a deadly cancer of the blood. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say she had received every type of chemotherapy drug available for her cancer and had undergone two stem cell transplants, only to relapse time …
[I used to say we were 100 years away from a more generalized approach to cancer therapy. In the end, barring some unforeseen breakthrough, cancer “cures” will come from the realm of immunology. The immune system is perfectly appointed to eradicate cancer cell by cell, molecule by molecule, but it only works if it actually recognizes the cancer as abnormal. Turning on the immune system to recognize cancer cells as foreign is the purpose of a lot of research right now and this is the outcome of a small pilot study. This makes me think the time horizon is …
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