Sep 12, 2011 - 12:17 pm
I was looking for some other information and came across this on Amifostine...
It still has me a little ticked from a comment that someone made awhile back that related to their MD as stating that Amifostine was outdated and ancient in the cancer treatment arena....
While almost three years (when I had Amifostine Injections) may be a long time technology wise, apparently it isn't that long for Amifostine...
Especially considering when myself, Dawn, Joe and a few others had it a few years ago. It was basically said to me that it might help with thick ropey phlegm (which I never had), that it could possibly help regain some salivary function (which I have nearly regained all of mine).
Now it may even help with kidney problems associated from Cisplatin.
"Amifostine is used to decrease the risk of kidney problems caused by treatment with a certain anti-cancer drug (cisplatin). It is also used to help prevent a certain side effect (dry mouth) caused by radiation treatment for head and neck cancer. Amifostine is thought to work by preventing certain chemicals from damaging healthy cells. It may also help repair cells damaged by cisplatin or radiation treatment."
"NEW ORLEANS, LA -- June 23, 2004 -- Data presented from a Phase 3 clinical trial involving 303 head and neck cancer patients showed that Ethyol? (amifostine) reduced the incidence of moderate-to-severe dry mouth (xerostomia) in patients receiving radiation therapy for their disease. The data also showed that two years after treatment, patients treated with Ethyol retained the ability to produce saliva."
How good is that....