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Post 100: A Rotarian's Cancer Survivor Story

Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door. — Emily Dickenson

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In answer to a special request this week from the communications chairman for my Glendora Rotary Club, I provided a short version of my cancer survivor story. To read this, CLICK HERE [PDF] ... WEB PAGE

A "Minor Setback" As Pneumonia Appears

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. — Rachel Carson

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After more than 34 days to dealing with cold-like symptoms and the possible diagnosis of bronchitis, we finally had a CT scan done at City of Hope Tuesday that reveals the real culprit for my long respiratory siege: pneumonia.

My doctor admitted me again Tuesday and today the performed a bronchoscopy, removing a considerable about of mucous and taking fluid samples to culture. They also did a second CT of the sinus areas to see what that might reveal. The hacking cough has greatly subsided throughout the day and I am expecting finally to get some needed rest this evening. The new IV antibiotics seem to be beneficial. Other good news as provided by my blood tests this week with my white cell count at its highest level (back to normal ranges) since the cancer diagnosis two years ago. However, …

A Possible Breakthrough?

[ALTACITIES.COM] ... ON THE RESEARCH PATH FOR NHL VACCINE: Accentia anticipates reporting a significant milestone in April, as the Company's majority-owned subsidiary, Biovest International, Inc. (OTCBB:BVTI), is preparing to report the interim unblinded results of its pivotal Phase 3 study for the anti-cancer vaccine, BiovaxID(TM). These results, if positive, are expected to poise BiovaxID to become the first personalized anti-cancer vaccine to ever be granted approval for the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
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The 'Heady' Topic of Stem Cell Sources

[ALTACITIES.COM] ... Stem Cells From Hair Follicles May Help 'Grow' New Blood Vessels: For a rich source of stem cells to be engineered into new blood vessels or skin tissue, clinicians may one day look no further than the hair on their patients' heads, according to new research published earlier this month by University at Buffalo engineers.

"Engineering blood vessels for bypass surgery, promoting the formation of new blood vessels or regenerating new skin tissue using stem cells obtained from the most accessible source -- hair follicles -- is a real possibility," said Stelios T. Andreadis, Ph.D., co-author of the paper in Cardiovascular Research and associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
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