Terminal breast cancer beaten by remarkable therapy?
Terminal breast cancer beaten by remarkable therapy?
Cancer patient given just 3 months to live is cured by experimental treatment
08 June, 2018, 17:41
There are still times when chemotherapy is appropriate for patients with Stage 1 breast cancer and each patient's specific case should be reviewed by a medical oncologist. One shows that women who receive chemo might not actually need it.
A novel approach to immunotherapy developed by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has led to the complete regression of breast cancer in a patient who was unresponsive to all other treatments.
"It is not only a benefit to patients in not undergoing unnecessary toxic treatment, but it provides a level of confidence and it reduces the distress in how they make a decision", says Dr. Stephen Chia, Medical Oncologist in BC Cancer's Vancouver centre and Head of the Province's Breast Tumor group.
"The impact is tremendous", said the study leader, Dr. Joseph Sparano of Montefiore Medical Center in NY.
"Oncologists have been getting much smarter about dialing back treatment so that it doesn't do more harm than good", said Steven Katz, a University of MI researcher who examines medical decision-making. A key part - the initial $4.5 million of the cancer institute's $36 million contribution - came from the stamp, said Dinah Singer, who is involved in the institute's use of stamp proceeds. Results were discussed Sunday at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago and published by the New England Journal of Medicine.
A new Indiana University School of Medicine research center will focus on aggressive and hard-to-treat breast cancers. According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2016, around 1,685,210 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in US and 5,95,690 people died from the disease.
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Still, he acknowledged that most patients with this form of advanced cancer will die within months, and "we need to do a lot more work".
At Mosaic Life Care, we have been using this personalized approach for five years and the study results were a confirmation of our treatment guidelines.
Sunday's results came from a federally sponsored trial called TailorX, which was created to help doctors more precisely tailor treatments for early-stage breast cancer. "Now, I have gone back to normal everyday life".
In a lab, Rosenberg's team grew those few immune cells into billions, then injected them into Perkins' bloodstream.
Rosenberg studied Perkins' immune cells, finding those white blood cells capable of detecting genetic mutations and fighting cancer.
Judy Perkins, 52, of Port Lucie, is now cancer free thanks to an experimental treatment that harnessed billions of her own immune cells, reported the BBC. But in recent years, as many doctors concluded that women with early-stage cancer were being over-treated, they have reduced their use of chemotherapy, which can cause nausea, fatigue and, in rare cases, more serious complications such as leukemia and heart failure.
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