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New leukemia treament exceeds 'wildest expectations'
NBC News ^ | 8/10/11 | Robert Bazell

Posted on 08/10/2011 1:39:34 PM PDT by Nachum

Doctors have treated only three leukemia patients, but the sensational results from a single shot could be one of the most significant advances in cancer research in decades. And it almost never happened. In the research published Wednesday, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania say the treatment made the most common type of leukemia completely disappear in two of the patients and reduced it by 70 percent in the third. In each of the patients as much as five pounds of cancerous tissue completely melted away in a few weeks, and a year later it is still gone

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aids; blood; bonemarrow; cancer; cancerresearch; cll; dna; exceeds; gene; genetics; health; hivaids; immunology; leukemia; medicine; oncology; recombinantdna; research; science; scientificresearch; treament; virus; wildest
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1 posted on 08/10/2011 1:39:38 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

This is great.

Now if only they could come up with a shot that would do the same with liberals.


2 posted on 08/10/2011 1:41:47 PM PDT by RickB444 (Worry about and distrust anyone who fears a lawful person owning a gun.)
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To: Nachum

obamacare hasn’t even taken effect yet and look at the miracles it’s producing. s/


3 posted on 08/10/2011 1:43:41 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Nachum

More people living longer without money to live on.

Yahoo.


4 posted on 08/10/2011 1:43:47 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: Nachum

This is a miracle of a dynamic, free society. Once Obamacare takes full effect, kiss break-throughs like this good-bye.


5 posted on 08/10/2011 1:43:56 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Nachum; decimon; Red Badger

Good news. Too bad it wasn’t discovered and perfected 5 years ago, my dad would still be around.


6 posted on 08/10/2011 1:43:57 PM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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To: Nachum; sully777; vigl; Cagey; Abathar; A. Patriot; B Knotts; getsoutalive; muleskinner; ...

Sorry for the multiple pings today, but I know some of you have loved ones that might need this GOOD NEWS....................


7 posted on 08/10/2011 1:50:42 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger

That’s wonderful.


8 posted on 08/10/2011 1:52:28 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Nachum

They could find the fountain of youth this pm and the FDA would make them test it for 10-12 years.


9 posted on 08/10/2011 1:53:24 PM PDT by Diggity
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To: Nachum
Using a modified, harmless version of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, they inserted a series of genes into the white blood cells. These were designed to make to cells target and kill the cancer cells. After growing a large batch of the genetically engineered white blood cells, the doctors injected them back into the patients.

mama mia!

10 posted on 08/10/2011 1:55:46 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Murray / Baucus / Kerry / Upton? I've had better picks come out of my nose.)
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To: Perdogg; neverdem; DvdMom; grey_whiskers; Ladysmith; Roos_Girl; Silentgypsy; conservative cat; ...

Ping

Thanks, Perdogg.


11 posted on 08/10/2011 1:58:47 PM PDT by decimon
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To: Nachum

Looks like they are very close if not there.


12 posted on 08/10/2011 1:59:37 PM PDT by decimon
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To: Nachum

“So why has this remarkable treatment been tried so far on only three patients?

Both the National Cancer Institute and several pharmaceutical companies declined to pay for the research. Neither applicants nor funders discuss the reasons an application is turned down.”

Because if it works, it would eliminate the Billions of dollars made from current treatment programs.
Not to mention the impact on begging for research dollars, private and federal.


13 posted on 08/10/2011 2:02:34 PM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: Nachum

How many people will die during the FDA approval process?


14 posted on 08/10/2011 2:09:01 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: G Larry
I have stopped donating to all cancer research. Fundraisers are everywhere and over the years billions of dollars have been given and where are we? I don't see much progress at all and it seems they always keep saying that a cure is about 5 years away--it's always 5 years.

I don't take any of them seriously anymore. They've cried wolf too many times.

15 posted on 08/10/2011 2:09:44 PM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Red Badger

After watching the market today, good news is a nice balance.


16 posted on 08/10/2011 2:11:20 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (George Lopez is the black hole of funny. Nothing funny can escape his suck.)
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To: Sequoyah101

I would rather live poor, without cancer....just sayin’.


17 posted on 08/10/2011 2:12:18 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (George Lopez is the black hole of funny. Nothing funny can escape his suck.)
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To: G Larry

I wonder if all of those people wearing pink ribbons know that their work is not being used on things like this.


18 posted on 08/10/2011 2:13:37 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (George Lopez is the black hole of funny. Nothing funny can escape his suck.)
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To: Sequoyah101
More people living longer without money to live on. Yahoo.

Winner! Most insensitive post of the day!
Hope that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.

19 posted on 08/10/2011 2:16:29 PM PDT by FightforFreedomCA (It starts here! It starts now! Mr. President, game on!)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

You don’t see any progress?!? I’m surrounded by friends and relatives who have recovered from different kinds of cancers that they would not have survived ten or fifteen years ago. True, people still die; cancer has not been cured. But far more people beat it than ever used to in the past. Science marches on. What do you want?—you think we should just give up, stop funding research, and just let people die without a fight?


20 posted on 08/10/2011 2:16:43 PM PDT by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Nachum
Good news! Maybe donors to Rush's annual drive have helped.

ML/NJ

21 posted on 08/10/2011 2:44:53 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Sequoyah101
Sorry you feel bad about people being cured of dreadful diseases.

Maybe you could find some small pet to drown. One less useless eater. A ray of sunshine in your day.

22 posted on 08/10/2011 2:51:08 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Your sarcasm tag: don't leave home without it.)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

As the husband of. 2 time cancer survivor, I am admittedly biased. However, I will say that while a cure is indeed the desire, the new treatments are leaps forward. Our oncologyst says there’s new, more effective treatments about every 3 years. And, we actually experienced just that. Your donations are greatly appreciated by this FReeper. You’ve given me my wife back. Bless you.


23 posted on 08/10/2011 2:54:12 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

you have a great insight on this - it is too bad that the decisions made by volunteer groups in America, those that help others in need, especially as this story points out a research funding charity...private money help othes - a dynamic society.


24 posted on 08/10/2011 2:55:44 PM PDT by q_an_a (a)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Its definitely a miracle but if you are over 60 Obamacare will probably not let you have it. You are supposed to sit in a corner and die. It would probably have saved my Dad.


25 posted on 08/10/2011 2:56:29 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: ml/nj
Good news! Maybe donors to Rush's annual drive have helped.

You beat me to it......and lets not forget Rush's personal matching funds.

26 posted on 08/10/2011 3:01:38 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (You can't forfeit the game Chuck! If you go home you forfeit!)
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To: Sequoyah101

I guess the handle “Prince of Darkness” was already taken?


27 posted on 08/10/2011 3:06:27 PM PDT by NELSON111
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To: Vermont Lt

pink ribbons——pfff

If they gave a damn about breast cancer, they’d advertise the close association with the BC pill and abortion.
If you don’t believe the scientific and medical correlation, check the data on case growth from 1980 on.
Compare that to number of cases from 1950 to 1980.

Truth is, most of that money goes to Planned Parenthood and LGBT groups. (To erase the stigma associated with the behavior that causes the problem!)


28 posted on 08/10/2011 3:11:24 PM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: NonValueAdded

This is actually pretty cool...hope they can continue the research on it and open it up to more trials. When I was studying cell physiology as an undergrad, I researched several concepts of using the “non-lethal” or “non-infectious” portions of viruses as well bacteria (such as Bacillus anthracis - the bacteria that produces the toxin which causes the disease known as Anthrax)to carry disease fighting information into various immune cells...that was back in the late 90’s. There has been, and obviously continues to be, some fascinating research into this area of Cell physiology. It is quite amazing stuff!!!! Seeing stuff on that small of a level...seeing the absolute miracle of life in the “nano” world makes you realize that there is no way in H E double toothpicks that life on this planet as we know it just happened to spring up from a pool of gook after it took a shock from lighting *smiles*!


29 posted on 08/10/2011 3:33:14 PM PDT by zimfam007 (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: Perdogg

Same here with my FIL. Anyway I wonder how much Rush Limbaugh’s help helped this breakthrough.


30 posted on 08/10/2011 3:36:09 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

No offense but you’ve been misled by cycles of hype and hysteria, plus much over-simplification in the media.

There has been enormous progress in many areas of research and treatments for various cancers, but it is a vast and varied set of targets. Many lives (including my own) have been saved and/or dramatically extended. A lot depends upon the specifics of diagnosis, cell types involved, stage of the cancer etc. but there has been much progress indeed.

However, “cancer” refers to well over 100 different major illnesses with many sub-categories and varied types of cell pathologies.

Expectations for some one or few “magic bullet” types of treatment to cure all cancers have always been myopic at best.

That does not mean there are not great strides made, usually by intense focus upon a specific category or sub-category involving one particular type of cell.

In my own case (8 year cancer survivor now) I owe my life to a combo of chemo drugs that did not exist too many years ago. 30+ years ago I would have died rapidly and horribly of the type of carcinoma I was dealing with. Everyone in human history (before the past 30 years) who had my specific condition would have died within 12-18 months.

Large numbers of patients have been saved and/or had lives much extended, but we tend to hear/read mainly of fatalities and of the most horrific choices people may face (take on the most brutal chemos for possibly only a few months more life and/or in horrible misery etc.).

I can’t tell anyone how to donate their money, but the idea that there has been no significant progress is simply mistaken.


31 posted on 08/10/2011 3:52:25 PM PDT by Enchante (Are there any honest politicians in Washington, DC??)
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To: NonValueAdded

I wonder if they could do the same with fat cells.


32 posted on 08/10/2011 3:54:09 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: G Larry
We saw this with ulcers.
33 posted on 08/10/2011 3:54:27 PM PDT by Domangart
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To: Sequoyah101

OK, now this sounds like it was posted on Daily Kos ;-)


34 posted on 08/10/2011 3:55:54 PM PDT by o2bfree
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To: Enchante

of course chemo regimens are often brutal (mine was, taking me to the brink of death from the chemo itself), but combos of chemo and/or radiation and/or surgery, as appropriate, have helped large numbers of patients in recent years....

one hopes that new approaches in research and testing will succeed in many cases with avoidance of the grueling effects of chemo-radiation-surgery, which are all frequently too broad-brush un-targeted approaches to treatment

e.g., the more severe chemo regimens can kill ALL fast-growing cells in the body and not just the ones involved in the cancer, which is why terrible side effects are too often associated with chemo


35 posted on 08/10/2011 3:57:56 PM PDT by Enchante (Are there any honest politicians in Washington, DC??)
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To: RickB444

Buck.... 00.

This is awesome nooooze on the cancer cure if true.

Pray it is...


36 posted on 08/10/2011 3:58:19 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Nachum
Speaking as someone who had CML, and received a bone marrow transplant on 11/26/91 (Thanksgiving Day) I can tell you that the old method is brutal!

If this treatment is a true cure - Praise the Lord!

37 posted on 08/10/2011 4:00:56 PM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: Sequoyah101
More people living longer without money to live on.

Yahoo.

Glad you weren't my doctor.

38 posted on 08/10/2011 4:03:08 PM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: Enchante

I’m glad you’re still alive FRiend!


39 posted on 08/10/2011 4:04:43 PM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: Enchante

come to think of it, the end of this month is my ninth anniversary since my last treatment (surgery) in Aug. 2002

most survivors mark progress from their date of diagnosis, but I like to mark it from the date of my last treatment — which was end of August 2002


40 posted on 08/10/2011 4:05:45 PM PDT by Enchante (9 year cancer survivor (ME) this month - last surgery Aug. 2002)
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To: airborne

same goes out to you, FRiend, so glad you’re with us!!

I didn’t have leukemia but my regimen of chemo and surgeries were brutal, made it seem like the “cure” was worse than I could imagine (except that he prognosis was definitely fatal for me without treatment).....

Hope there will be more and more survivors soon, although of course immortality is not in the cards, so we all have to go from something....


41 posted on 08/10/2011 4:08:43 PM PDT by Enchante (9 year cancer survivor (ME) this month - last surgery Aug. 2002)
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To: Red Badger

That sounds awesome.


42 posted on 08/10/2011 4:17:46 PM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: Nachum

The FDA should approve this immediately. Leukemia is almost always fatal. They make no sense when they hold off approving a drug for something that is deadly.


43 posted on 08/10/2011 4:20:19 PM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: G Larry
Because if it works, it would eliminate the Billions of dollars made from current treatment programs. Not to mention the impact on begging for research dollars, private and federal.

Bingo!!!

44 posted on 08/10/2011 4:22:03 PM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: Nachum
Leukemia is a fungus, it was noted years ago that mass doses of Diflucan, and Nystatin and one other anti fungal caused “spontaneous remission”. Nice that they finally acted on it.

In another note, high doses of omega 3 does the same thing with breast cancer for the same reasons.

45 posted on 08/10/2011 4:24:57 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Trying to find link, but with little success. The combo may have been Fluconzole, Nystatin and (?)itraconazole. Not sure on last one. All three were given in large doses to three children that were suffering thrush in chemo, and not only did it clear up the thrush, but all three simultaneously suffered spontaneous remission of Leukemia.

The second was a study done in England where they already have Obama care in place. Many hundreds of women who were diagnosed with “terminal” cancer were put on a study. (There it is almost always terminal, as by the time you get to the cancer treatment through the red tape its way too late.) All of them were given a bran muffin every morning, half of them had flax seed oil added to the muffin half plain. Of the plain muffins, 100% died, of the ones with flax seed oil, 60% “spontaneously remitted all traces of cancer”.

Flax seeds are 78% Omega 3. The problem is an imbalance of Omega 6 to Omega 3. In grass fed beef, the ratio is 1:1 in grain fed beef (not finished, but feed lot cattle) it is 12:1 Omega 6.

I suspect the Cancer industry is more of a hindrance than a help. Spending Billions on the known wrong angle is worse than spending nothing.

Now this is the odd question of the day, If chemotherapy drugs are known carcinogen’s, and radiation is a knows carcinogenic, why do they use them both to “cure” cancer? Is it because it costs six figures?


46 posted on 08/10/2011 4:49:02 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

That’s how the demoncrats will try and save social security. Kill off everyone who’s collecting.


47 posted on 08/10/2011 5:17:54 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Scotsman will be Free
That’s how the demoncrats will try and save social security. Kill off everyone who’s collecting.

Or before collecting. That is the very reason for raising the age for benefit collection, i.e., more people die before getting to collect any of what they put in. Heck, raise the age for social security to 90 and the fund is in great shape.
48 posted on 08/10/2011 5:24:53 PM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Yes its our duty to die when we get old. We owe it to the State. Go out and sit on the ice flow.


49 posted on 08/10/2011 5:26:00 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Nachum

Good news for sure.


50 posted on 08/10/2011 5:27:20 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (w)
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