Saturday, May 8, 2010
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.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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.
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.
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.
Monday, May 3, 2010
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.
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.
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