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Experimental RNA-Based Drug Kills Prostate Cancer Cells Effectively and Safely

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Aug. 14th, 2006 | 11:14 pm

Here's an interesting new therapy. I e-mailed my doc about it today. I'm curious if there are any other new therapies based on RNA that are further along. ~J

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Cancer Issues
Experimental RNA-Based Drug Kills Prostate Cancer Cells Effectively and Safely
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Aug 14, 2006, 07:00


http://healthnewsdigest.com/news/article_4255.shtml



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Are there trials?

from: lanihorn
date: Aug. 15th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
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If your doc thinks it's worth pursuing, I saw an organization that gives cancer patients free rides on corporate jets to help them get around the country to see different specialists, etc. It's good to see this kind of stuff out there.

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jerumi

Re: Are there trials?

from: jerumi
date: Aug. 15th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
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Thats really good to know. He says

"This is nice in theory but not a realistic way to deliver therapy to cells
in humans. The logistic hurdles of getting the RNA in to human cells are
extremely difficult. There are a number of interesting approaches in the
development pipeline which we can talk about, we have several trials open as
you know. The challenge is always with the timing of an investigational
approach versus using "proven" methods, imperfect as they may be."

So, as I ride the balance between proven methods and trials, I'll keep in mind the free flights. That can definitely be helpful. I think the American Cancer Society may do that to. I know they have a reimbursement for driving program.

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Re: Are there trials?

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 15th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Here's the link of the free flight organization:

http://www.corpangelnetwork.org/

xoxo

L

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Re: Are there trials?

from: lanihorn
date: Aug. 15th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
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Here's the link for Corporate Angels:

http://www.corpangelnetwork.org/

xoxx

Lani

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Kolakoski

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from: kolakoski
date: Aug. 15th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
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That is an interesting alternative.

How receptive has your doctor been to alternative treatment/medicine up to this point? I attended a panel of HIV patients back in college, and they all voiced frustration with their doctors in this regard. There were amazing options available to them on the black-market, but for what are maybe obvious reasons (I don't know), the doctors refused to work with them. Of course, this was over a decade ago, so I'm sure things have changed. But for as much as things change, so much stays the same. I'm not saying that the RNA-based drug is a black-market item, I'm just curious to know how open (to new treatments) the doctors have been in your case.

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from: jerumi
date: Aug. 15th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Actually he's pretty open. He's worked with my Chinese / alternative doctor before and in my case he has been very supportive of anything that helps as long as there are no conflicting drug interactions.

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Kolakoski

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from: kolakoski
date: Aug. 15th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Wonderful.

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New To Blogs!

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 16th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
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Jeremy: thanks to Ryan and Mike, Mary and I are now into the age of blogs for the first time! We now have yours and Mike's bookmarked and will follow it. In addition to your post of a new experimental treatment for Prostate Cancer there happened to be a very interesting article in todays New York Times online regarding a breakthrough in understanding how cancer spreads from the central spot and travels and matastasizes (sp) to the bone. The article says that understanding this will go a long way in developing more effective treatments and is a significant step in the fight against cancer.

We had a great time seeing you, Beth, the kids and your family last week. Keep your spirit and strength up!! We are always thinking of you.

Love, Ed and Mary

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jerumi

Re: New To Blogs!

from: jerumi
date: Aug. 16th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
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Hi Ed & Mary! Thanks for checking out my blog. I have heard a little about this research and actually may post another article related to it soon. I appreciate any information that you come across. Please feel free to leave a link here or e-mail it to me.

It was great to see you both last week and to finally meet Bubba Olga, bless her heart.

Love,
Jeremy

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jerumi

Re: New To Blogs!

from: jerumi
date: Aug. 16th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Here is the original article that I read:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/15/health/15meta.html

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Article: Gene Thereapy For Cancer

from: anonymous
date: Sep. 1st, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Jeremy: there was an encouraging article in the paper regarding the use of gene therapy to remove tumors. Scientists turned regular blood cells into tumor attackers that wiped out all
signs of cancer in two men with advanced melanoma. The NCI called its experiment "the first
real success in cancer gene therapy because it fought cancers worst stage, when it has spread
through the body, unlike earlier attempts that targeted single tumors. The government hopes to soon begin testing the gene therapy in small numbers of patients with more common severe cancers. The article was published Thursday by the journal SCIENCE.

Hope this is helpful.

Love, Ed and Mary

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Re: Article: Gene Thereapy For Cancer

from: jerumi
date: Sep. 2nd, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Hi Ed & Mary,

Thanks for this article. There was another one on the BBC and my sister sent me an abstract of the research as well. It is indeed interesting. I've also heard that there is a fairly successful and government approved gene therapy treatment in China for prostate cancer and that the exact same drug is now available in the U.S. but is not yet approved. I will be following this very closely.

I will post these articles on a new blog entry for you and others to see.

Thank you so much for your support! Your daughter is my greatest inspiration and source of Love. She means the world to me.

Love,
Jeremy

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