Brain Tumor Study Does Great.Optimism Rises.

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Cartoon about brain tumor news

MISSING THE POINT

BRAIN CANCER TRIUMPH

Glioblastoma multiforme is crappy news.

To start with, it’s a brain tumor. I’ve never run into anyone who wanted brain cancer.

Also, glioblastoma multiforme is hard to kill off completely. Up until now, it’s been more devious than the doctors who have tried to tame it. The “It’s a miracle” thing is somewhat overdone but – you know what? – If you’ve beaten glioblatoma multiforme, I’m not arguing.  Long term survival is very, very poor. With the “standard” treatment –  surgery plus chemo –  one year and 3 months on average.

Now I’ve got a miracle.

Dr.  Surasak Phuphanich (Cochran Brain Tumor Center and  Cedars-Sinai) is the lead researcher on a study being reported to the Fourth Quadrennial Meeting of the World Federation of Neuro-Oncology. There were 16 patient, all with glioblastoma multiforme .  Eight of the patients made it past five years.

THAT”S a bloody miracle!

And, by the way, it’s a huge scientific triumph!

This was a “targeted” treatment, using a newly developed experimental vaccine where the study, itself, was only a “phase 1” human trial which, technically, is to see if the drug is safe to use and to find the best dosage.

MISTER ScienceAintSoBad doesn’t want to raise false hopes but this sure sounds like a great result that would justify more extensive testing.

Added later:

And, in fact, a phase II trial has begun. MISTER ScienceAintSoBad has high hopes things continue to go well.

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The cartoon is mine.

 

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