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Showing posts from May 2, 2010

The cancer sleuths on the trail of environmental causes of disease

According to this SOURCE, and researcher Michael Thun: "... much harder than figuring out if a substance can cause cancer is to calculate how many cases of the disease spring from being exposed to low amounts of substances over varying periods of time. One huge area of uncertainty is what the dose-response relationship is with many of these things,” he says. clipped from Why It’s Hard to Parse the Environment-Cancer Connection The President’s Cancer Panel released a report yesterday that said environmental exposures have a “grossly underestimated” impact on cancer. While the American Cancer Society agrees with many elements of the report, it’s not too keen on that “grossly underestimated” part. (Read here for more on what the ACS does feel are the big cancer threats — smoking and obesity, for example.) A shopper contemplates alternatives to baby bottles made with BPA. It’s not that there isn’t a consensus around the idea that some substances cause cancer in humans, Mi…

'Negative' results from last PET scan

We have passed the 4-year mark for the mantle cell lymphoma diagnosis and only three months away from the 3-year anniversary of my stem cell transplant. All of my tests are normal and give me a "clean" status for which we are extremely grateful. Thanks to the periodic IVIG treatments (have had four and will have two more), the immune system seems to gradually be returning to normal, aided by the fact that I am no longer taking any immunosuppressant drugs. clipped from
Michael Foxworth
Back from COH with a good report on the PET scan. Negative! One of the reasons people are generally confused about health care: We use terms that mean the opposite of what they seem. Negative, of course, means there is no sign of the cancer. Blood tests are all good and I got another IVIG treatment today (like an ...oil change), so I am good to go for another 30-45 days. See More Nuclear Medicine, PET Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging tha…

Time for a follow-up visit

Dr. Nakamura is on our appointment schedule today as is another IVIG, the infusion of immunoglobulin to boost my immune system. Sometimes, I wish I still had a temporary infusion port because the nurses and techs at COH remain challenged to find veins that work for these treatments. Still, the results of these procedures makes the temporary discomfort bearable. clipped from We are off to COH today for a periodic follow-up visit with my oncologist and for IVIG. Also due today, the results of last week's PET scan to confirm that the state of remission remains. Wish us well. City of Hope, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, located near Los Angeles, California. City of Hope is taking measures to reduce potential exposure of regular seasonal flu and H1N1 viruses to all patients, caregivers, families and staff. As we enter the flu season, we want to share with you our plans for improving our infection prevention activities.Learn more >…

Is this a sign that a cancer 'cure' is soon to come?

Cancer survivors like me and millions of others who may one day face the diagnosis were heartened this week by this exciting news about the FDA approval for a new form of immunotherapy. This type of treatment is at the leading edge of the search for a cure. clipped from A “vaccine” which harnesses the body's own immune system to fight prostate cancer has been approved for use by US drug regulators. Although the press is calling this breakthrough a vaccine, the development is actually a form of immunotherapy where scientists have found an important new way to boost the body's own immune system to combat cancer. The Cube - FDA Approves Prostate Cancer 'Vaccine'
The first cancer treatment that harnesses the power of a patient's immune system to fight tumors won government approval Thursday, a step scientists and patient groups hailed as what could be the beginning of a new era in cancer therapies.