Feb 08, 2013 - 7:44 pm
think of these little reports, as stories from the front line of experimental medicine.
given the life and death struggle most of us are going through, i figure they are relevant.
why even for me, if the liver mets grow, well i guess you know what i'll be doing.
i asked doc Nesslehut about my friend Ren, he could be anyone with a few significant liver mets.
the latest therapy had me gobsmacked.
they hospitalise you, hook you up to a heart lung machine and dialysis machine.
this happens in a few places in europe,
they run the chemo only through your liver, its kills the tumours in your liver and spares your body.
getting the best benefits of chemo without the downside.
this technique they say can be used on any organ.
you never know what you will find, if you go looking off the beaten track.
maybe this is an option, if you or a friend have really large liver problems.
the beauty of this therapy is that it means you avoid poisoning your bone marrow, which is where key parts of your immune system come from.
I also asked him about a friend ana, with bone mets. yes immunotherapy has had very good results in the past and is worth a try.
i just heard about this today, so next you know I had targetted chemo embolisation with local avastin. well now they are planning on directly injecting gamma delta cells using catherization into your tumours. basically this is leveraging the best of doctor nesslehut immunotherapy and professor vogel direct injection techniques. again another therapy I would try and use if needed personally. so even though my cea is not zero, so i have some troublesome cells left, i have high hopes and confidence that many amazing therapies exist that could save me if my situation changes.
we need to encourage medical innovation, whats happened in our developed nations to our medical innovators. i think its the legal and government rules. somehow business has stiched these systems together to kill innovation and indirectly kill our friends.
have our doctors lost the will and capacity to innovate ? i think the sad answer is largely yes! why this has happened is another great question and tragedy!
and the final piece of absolutely amazing medical science is the genetic test you can do for your immune system that says I am prone to cancer but will rarely get colds. its the balance of the Th1/Th2 immune cells. how fascinating. so your genes, set the stage for potential immune dysfunction that leads to an increased risk of cancer. add to that an unhealthy lifestyle and then i know why i got cancer.
I am doing genetic tests for the kids, so they will know precisely why and what lifestyle choices they can make backed up by science to avoid cancer and lead healthy, happy and long lives i hope. I plan to be around to watch them.
this is a example of leveraging what we have learnt from our cancer experience, for the benefit of our kids and friends.