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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Seattle Scientists Clone Patients Immune Cells to "Fight" Cancer

Researchers have found a way to use billions of copies of a single immune cell to beat back advanced melanoma in a male patient, according to a report in the latest New England Journal of Medicine.

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle used 5 billion copies of a single immune cell from the patient, and those cells apparently have helped keep the patient in remission for more than two years, according to the report.

Scientists grew copies of the T-Cell in the laboratory. The goal is to use the approach some day to fight advanced cancer without more invasive methods like surgery and chemotherapy.

According to the report, eight other people received the treatment, though it is too early to determine if others responded as well as the male patient in question.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

A dog named Popcorn brought comfort to cancer survivor


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Seven years ago, we parted with our 14-year-old beagle, Tippy, and both Dee Dee and I think of him often. Because of our strong bond with the only pet we owned in our adult lives, we vowed that we would not immediately add another pet to our home after his loss.

And even though we read stories (like this one) that confirm the comfort and healing influence of pets during a serious illness, we know there would have been complications with hacing a pet in the house during my recovery from mantle cell lymphoma. But as with every other facet of our lives, there are risks and benefits for cancer patients who have the love of a pet during this experience. This blogger well tells that story for all to enjoy ...


"This year I've had the pleasure of working with Alice Krumm, an energetic, charismatic woman who has started a wonderful company for breast cancer survivors, Beyond Pink, LLC. Alice is also the author of "I didn't order this pink ribbon" where she shares her breast cancer story and offers tips from a survivor's and nursing instructor's perspective that are beneficial to anyone battling this disease.

"Alice underwent her breast cancer treatment at a young age, while in her thirties, with her two young daughters and her husband right there with her. But I wondered....was there a pet who offered his or her own special brand of healing love?
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