Thursday, November 29, 2007

HOPE?

The Ludwig Institute was working on this two years ago. It sounds like we are getting close. They may not be ready for a mass marketing of a breast cancer vaccine, but it MAY be available to help those of us WITH cancer now... and something so simple as using our own cancer cells and our own immune system to cure us...
Lord, hear our prayer...

Trials Underway For Breast Cancer Vaccine

Kellye Lynn

BALTIMORE (WJZ) ―

The cervical cancer vaccine advanced women's medicine and researchers at Johns Hopkins are working toward the same goal with breast cancer.

Clinical trials are underway right now for a vaccine that doctors hope will one day wipe out the killer disease. They tell Healthwatch reporter Kellye Lynn, that the first phase of the trials look promising.

"We have designed a vaccine from cancer cells themselves," explains Hopkins oncologist Leisha Emens. "While we can cure some patients, all too often breast cancer relapses, and once it comes back, it is incurable. So, what we would like to do is find a different way to treat cancer."

Susan Marangi is one of nearly 50 women taking part in Baltimore based clinical trials.

She was first diagnosed with stage one breast cancer 19 years ago. She's had chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, none of which worked long term.

"It finally became extremely clear to me that I was going to die," she tells WJZ's Lynn. "Traditionally everybody would say if you can make it five years, you're home free."

Marangi was cancer free for 11 years. Now, she's terminal, with stage four breast cancer and she's giving her body up for research.

"Knowing that the current treatment was only going to be 20 or 30 percent effective, it's not in my makeup to wait for something to happen."

As part of the clinical trials, Marangi is given the vaccine to help the body defeat the cancer. Dr. Emens says it works much like the recently approved cervical cancer vaccine.

"The problem with cancer is because it comes from within you, our immune system says, 'So what. I have seen this before.' Our idea is to re-educate the immune system to recognize tumor cells more like an infection, like a cold virus, and to seek out and to destroy cancer."

The vaccine is injected under the skin and is given with low doses of chemotherapy. Side effects are minimal but the research is in the early stages and years away from hitting the market. Still, Dr. Emens says the potential is staggering.

"I believe eventually we can, prevent the disease from happening in the first place."

Susan Marangi believes if the vaccine doesn't help her, it will save somebody.

"When they first came out with the polio vaccine, somebody had to be the first person it worked on," she tells WJZ. "I don't know if I will be that person, but I am sure somebody will be that first person that this particular vaccine works on."

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5 comments:

Jenster said...

Oh please, oh please, oh please! As a breast cancer survivor with a daughter I hope with everything this is the real deal.

Thank you so much for sharing this. Is it okay if I post this on my blog tomorrow?

No Surrender said...

Jen of course! you can post anything from here that you like.

((HUGS))
Love,
g

Joel Maners said...

Who is putting this trial together? Is it NSABP, CALGB or someone else.Also,I wonder if this will be presented at the San Antonio conference this year.

-j

No Surrender said...

Hi Joel,
Johns Hopkins is running this, from what the article says.

Here is a list of what will be presented in two weeks at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference.

http://www.sabcs.org/ProgramSchedule/PosterSessions.asp?SessionGroupID=37

Jaime said...

hi! I found your blog through jenster.....I had HSIL 2 years ago at the age of 25, and have been active in the oncology community, as a patient advocate wtih LAF and i2y. I'm getting my second Master's degree and my focus is on women's and children's cancers (i'll be at Sloan-Kettering this summer for internship). could I email you sometime?

I am so, so, SO sorry to hear about Jacque. I cannot wait for the day when there are no more pink ribbons.