Skip to comments.New clinical trials underway for advanced lung cancer patients
Posted on 04/19/2014 6:22:13 PM PDT by neverdem
HARI SREENIVASAN: Another medical story that caught our attention this week. Word of whats described as a pioneering clinical trial for patients with advanced lung cancer. Whats novel is not necessarily the drugs being used, but how many and how theyre being targeted. Dr. Mark Kris, an oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, joins us. So what are they doing in the U.K. with this clinical trial? Whats so interesting about it?
DR. MARK KRIS: They are taking a discovery that was made here almost ten years ago now where specific genes are damaged in lung tumors. And the damage brought on by those genes makes those cancer cells very susceptible to medications. So if you find one of these genetic changes and give a patient a drug targeting that, almost surely their cancer will shrink and normal tissues are not affected. I mean its exactly what oncologists hope to do. What theyre doing now in the U.K. is developing a nationwide program partnering with pharmaceutical companies that are developers of these drugs to do the testing in a much more generalized way and to test for many of these different gene mutations at the same time. So in essence a patient might have ten chances to find something in the tumor thats in their body. Ten chances to get a medication. And also the pharmaceutical companies supplying drugs to go along with the discovery of those genetic markers and help individual patients.
HARI SREENIVASAN: And thats different because were used to clinical trials that are one drug at a time or one gene at a time.
DR. MARK KRIS: Exactly...
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If the frogs and limeys pay for, we won't?
The cure for Cancer has been “right around the corner” now for as long as I can remember.
I believe there are many more variables and complexities involved than anyone really understands, so they just ‘poison’ people with Chemotherapy, hoping that the Cancer will die before the patient does. At least that’s how my lowly mind sees it.
Here’s the cure: stand next to a cold fusion reactor and the hormesis will kick in and cure your cancer. Perpetual motion machines have the same effect. We’re close to getting this to work.
Then after curing Cancer, the increased population will hasten the effect of “Peak Oil” and the threat of Global Warming.
“so they just poison people with Chemotherapy, hoping that the Cancer will die before the patient does.”
Cancer is not elusive, only the ‘attempts’ by Big Pharma to ‘cure’ it. And the Oncologists are right in tune with Big Pharma. Lung Cancer can be treated successfully, and cures can be effected by non-conventional, alternative treatments.
You’re absolutely wrong about some grand collusion between pharma and the medical community. And your assertions of “alternative” treatments being effective aren’t rooted in any sort of clinical research or scientific data.
Very good news. Let’s hope more and more cancer is studied and eventual cure. This is one area that I don’t mind having money spent. Can you imagine if we were still trying to control cancer with 1950’s medical treatments. Shutter to even think.
30 or 40 years ago most people that had cancer were dead within five years. That is no longer true. I know several people that had serious cancers that are still alive and doing fine. Thirty years ago they would have been lucky to last a year.
I would appreciate any links, to non-conventional, alternative treatments for Lung Cancer...thanks!
When I was a young x-ray tech in the late fifties,and worked the night shift the pathologists would invite me down to the lab when they were doing autopsies,they (two) of them and the only two that invited me to watch both said that if one did a complete autopsy on folks in their sixties and older,they were sure to find four or five cancers that had encapsulated themselves and never bothered the person. I have found this substantiated through the years in different studies.
Sorry, Mears, that I missed this ping. I’ve been away from FR for a while.
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Aren’t you nice——hope all is well now.
Life does has a way of catching us off guard,doesn’t it?
I believe that one of the shocks preventing “instant” cures, was when the researchers found that inserting/changing genes was not a cakewalk like they assumed. The genome is more complicated than some Nobel Laureates imagines.
Think of it, life is complicated. So are chromosomes.