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Love in the Time of Corona

Human beings have grown away from nature and from the Divine Creator.
Their debauchery and carelessness about how to deal with the things before them are now killing them.

It has come so far that humans are to blame for the extinction of many beautiful creatures. According to a 2014 study, current extinction rates are 1,000 times higher than they would be if humans weren’t around.

Example of a significant historical pandemic: the Black Death, which originated in China and spread across Europe in the 14th century;

All through history we also can see when there were too many people able to destroy their environment, nature took charge and eliminated lots of people. In the past, there were many awful battles, wars taking the lives of many. After the Great War it did not seem yet enough. The influenza pandemic of 1918–19, also called Spanish influenza pandemic or Spanish flu, was the most severe influenza outbreak of the 20th century and, in terms of total numbers of deaths, among the most devastating pandemics in human history. It resulted in an estimated 25 million deaths, though some researchers have projected that it caused as many as 40–50 million deaths. Nothing compared to the Sars-CoV-1 infection. Sars and Ebola frightened many, but now the Sars-CoV-2 or CoViD-19 brings these 21st-century people also on their knees, fearing for their lives.

influenza pandemic of 1918–19: temporary hospital

The influenza pandemic of 1918–19: temporary hospital A temporary hospital in Camp Funston, Kansas, during the 1918–19 influenza pandemic. Courtesy of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C

Today the majority of people have become so materialistic their first concerns is to protect the economy. Still, too many politicians dare to tell their citizens they should continue to go to work and have the factories working, not having to be so afraid to come close to each other. There are even politicians who do find more money should be spent on the economy instead of providing health workers with the necessary protection.

We can only hope this pandemic is going to awaken many and bringing many changes to how we shall go to work and move around.
Fundamental shifts in the way we interact and live, in our interpersonal and business relationships, in the way we treat our families, each other, and ourselves, shall have to take place.
A few months ago most people took not the time to think about their way of life and how mankind played with mother nature. Since many weren’t able to find the time to get to meditate about our way of living, along comes this virus, which certain politicians still do not take seriously enough to take the necessary protection measures.

Where there is a lockdown, people now can find time to come back to themselves. It does not seem to be easy for many, to be confronted with so much time for themselves. But they shall have to rethink their lifestyle at the moment. CoViD-19 gives us all the time we need, forcing us into this shift = a shift, in our consciousness, our way of thinking and living, of learning, and loving.

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To remember

The guestwriter of today thinks the planet is trying to tell us something:

We are on the verge of a sixth mass extinction with species experiencing lights out at alarming rates and any potential for rebound numbering in the millions (!) of years.

  • we have created so much pollution with our lifestyles => climate has become inhospitable + CO2 levels reach critical mass in the next couple decades
  • an only money matters mentality
  • Do we believe in our government or do we think it will fail us?
  • spiritually bereft we ignore The Power of Now.
  • fundamental shift in way we interact + live > interpersonal + business relationships, way we treat our families, each other, + ourselves
  • use this time to think about what your hands can do that will benefit your better well-being + that of those around you.
  • things to tackle > free time => use it  >>  view less as isolation => more as a Roto-Rooter for the Soul =>work miracles in your life.
  • safe in your home = shelter-in-place => give thanks < homeless population > no shelter = among most vulnerable among us.
  • extra time
    • look at movies
    • do gardening
    • choose giving
    • Instead of loneliness > choose levity.
    • Stay connected.
    • Instead of solitude > institute “bring your dog or cat to work” day.
    • Enjoy the shorter commute.
    • Take time for walks.
    • Practice walking meditation > take some time to meditate on kind of world you would like to be living in when this is all over => first dream it into being
    • Exercise.
    • be kind.

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Preceding

CoViD-19 warnings

Anxiety Management During Pandemic Days~

Hope on the Horizon: Pandemic Anxiety Management II~

Pandemic Anxiety Busters~

Mel Brooks saying “go home” to Max Brooks

Christian Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Find also to read

  1. 2014 Health and welfare
  2. 2015 Health and Welfare
  3. The unseen enemy
  4. Making deeper cuts than some terrorist attacks of the near past
  5. In denial, Donald Trump continues to insist that nothing serious is at hand and everything is in control
  6. India affected by Corona
  7. Using fears of the deadly coronavirus
  8. Europe in Chaos for a Pandemic

Green Life Blue Water

It’s been a hell of a few weeks and it looks like it will continue for a bit.  At the risk of sounding both blasé and alarmist at once, I think the planet is trying to tell us something.

We are on the verge of a sixth mass extinction with species experiencing lights out at alarming rates and any potential for rebound numbering in the millions (!) of years.

In the process, we have created so much pollution with our lifestyles that our climate has become inhospitable and our CO2 levels will reach critical mass in the next couple decades without a complete overhaul of how we do business.

We’ve gotten into an only money matters mentality, and the stock market’s precipitous weeks’ long plunge not only put a hurting on most people’s retirement funds but eroded faith in the economy.  That event may keep us working longer…

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7 Ways To Boost Your Immune System in Lockdown

Because lots of people seem to be in a state of panic; supermarkets aisles made empty with people having bought more food than they could possibly consume in the coming weeks, 

How To Strengthen Your Immunity During The Coronavirus Pandemic

SOFOS Associates Brain Health

In her place like in many supermarkets here in Belgium too, hand sanitizer has become a hot commodity, and people stare angrily if they even suspect you are unwell (regardless of whether you show symptoms or not).

Now when we are requested to stay as much as we can indoors and to avoid contact with others, even family members, she implores you to try the actions below. Not just because you will feel better but because they will enhance your performance and frankly we find ourselves in a time where our well-being depends on it. And so here they are, 7 hacks for boosting your immune system.

1. Sleep

  • crawl into bed & get an early night = no fear of missing out to keep you awake.
  • Sleep deprivation (+ poor quality sleep) weakens immune system => susceptible to illness.

2. Take A Cold Shower

  • Cryotherapy = causes blood vessels near skin to contract (vacoconstriction) + redirect blood to major organs to maintain core body temperature. =>  blood fills with oxygen, nutrients + restorative enzymes > this blood makes its way back to skin, muscle tissue + organs. => speeding up metabolism, reducing inflammation, improved quality of sleep, enhanced focus + improved immune response.

3. Mindfulness – Adult Colouring

  • mindfulness meditation increases activity in prefrontal cortex, right anterior insula + right hippocampus (command centre for body’s immune system) = stimulates these areas which => helps immune system function more effectively.

4. Exercise

  • physical activity = improves defense activity + metabolic health> Through promoting good circulation, immune system’s cells + substances move through body freely + efficiently => improve mood, reduce stress + enhance general well being overall. T

5. Consider Your Diet

  • limit anxiety inducing foods such as processed meat, fried foods, refined cereals, refined sugars, alcohol and caffeine.
  • try to load up on leafy greens, oily fish, nuts
  • looking for to dust off those cookbooks + experiment in the kitchen

Read the article to find out how in these unprecedented times, we must do what we can to get through this period and can ensure we are well equipped to deal with the challenge ahead

> 7 Ways To Boost Your Immune System in Lockdown

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Preceding

CoViD-19 warnings

Anxiety Management During Pandemic Days~

Hope on the Horizon: Pandemic Anxiety Management II~

Pandemic Anxiety Busters~

Mel Brooks saying “go home” to Max Brooks

Christian Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Please find also to read:

  1. Using fears of the deadly coronavirus
  2. Europe in Chaos for a Pandemic
  3. Making deeper cuts than some terrorist attacks of the near past
  4. The unseen enemy

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Pandemic Anxiety Busters~

Continuation of

Anxiety Management During Pandemic Days~

Hope on the Horizon: Pandemic Anxiety Management II~

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To remember

Have tools in your awareness => improve your mood + ease your anxiety

> practices boost immune system + improve our emotional + psychological health.

Committing to service of development of a relationship with an intelligence present within us > greater than our own = relating more deeply to our inner nature

In times of serious stress like a pandemic, turning inward spiritually, connects us outward, bringing calm and comfort

 

  • Spiritual Meditation/Prayer
    • paying attention to our inward self + inner voice > “introvert,” “extravert” and “synchronicity => real inner change, genuine achievement of a new attitude.
    • aim of the unconscious: the further filling out of ourselves; an increasing completeness in the unique being that we are.
    • Anima or Animus > our inner opposite sex figure & soul guide
  • Second Voice
    • practice listening for your second, more rational thought
    • have a second thought => giving a more helpful + accurate option
  • Exercise, Diet & Good Health Practices

 

    • Taking time to clear your mind of worries & concerns > focusing your attention on bigger picture
    • Prayer + spiritual meditation = connecting ourselves to greater whole => profoundly comforting.
    • Exercising creative pursuits + talents => spiritually connected.

Fully live in the moment + feel gratitude for being alive.

daily relaxing, distracting, + fun activities

In the last two posts we started filling our anxiety busting toolbox and we are now down to our final three tools.*

Thank you to all the bloggers who added their own personal tools that work. They are most helpful and are incorporated into our toolbox. Choose any tool(s) that might work for you, and discard any/all that are not a good fit for you. Add more of your own resources that work. Adapt your toolbox to suit yourself. The most important thing, regardless of the specific tools, is to have tools in your awareness, to improve your mood, and ease your anxiety, when bad things happen.

Here is our toolbox:

ANXIETY TOOLBOX:

Self Talk Reframing (Cognitive Therapy)

Guided Imagination/Visualization

Exposure Management

Progressive Relaxation

Distraction in Action

Self Soothing

Second Voice

Spiritual Meditation/Prayer

Exercise, Diet & Good Health Practices

SECOND VOICE

Carl Jung emphasized the importance of paying attention to…

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Fibromyalgia & ME/CFS Awareness Day

The day after Italy‘s Parliament on Wednesday May 11 overwhelming gave final approval to a law recognizing civil unions between same-sex partners, the world had again a day to think of a lot of things.

The day that Brazil’s Senate has voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff immediately and begin impeachment proceedings against her on accusations of tampering with accounts to hide a budget shortfall, the world also thought of many people who need lots of funds to pay for their health. Many of them living in a healthy country not being themselves in a healthy state.

Ten years after the mass unrest by the Primeiro Comando da Capital began in São Paulo (Brazil), leaving at least 150 dead, on May 12 the world also remembered the 7.3-magnitude earthquake and six major aftershocks hit Nepal, killing over 200 people, but leaving many also handicapped.

It is for disabled people certain days are also created to bring their situation in attention. On the Day of the Finnish Identity (Finland) we also have an International Nurses Day and the International Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day.

For a long time the medical world did not want to take the condition serious by which people where bullied with concentration problems and need of sleep, feeling tired all the time.

Also the way how media looked at CFS or Chronic fatigue syndrome has often been controversial; in November 1990 the magazine Newsweek ran a cover story on CFS which although supportive of an organic cause of the illness also featured the term Yuppie Flu. Reflecting a stereotype that CFS mainly affected yuppies, the implication was that CFS was a form of burnout.

Luckily today the world recognises Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) as a condition that causes extreme tiredness. Though known it needs to bring it under the loop and bring more awareness under the entices, there has been a created a special day for them. This in the hope that more people can come to understand how the victims of that disease have debilitating fatigue that lasts for six months or longer. At the moment the medical world does not yet have a known cause, which makes that still a lot of research has to be done.

Many doctors and researchers think that CFS may not be a single illness but a group of symptoms caused by several conditions. One theory is that a microorganism, such as a virus, or a chemical injures the body and damages the immune system, allowing dormant viruses to become active. When these viruses start growing again, the immune system may overreact and produce chemicals called cytokines that can cause flu-like symptoms. Immune abnormalities have been found in studies. {Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine | 2005 | Rowland, Belinda; Odle, Teresa}

We do have to take into account that having CFS is not just a matter of being tired. Those people with CFS having severe fatigue that keeps them from performing their normal daily activities should also know that this should not mean they are passed out by the community or would not be able to do something waluable.

Their big problem is to find work, attend school, or even to take part in social activities and to be respected for what is holding them back to give the 100%. And if they love to exercise or try to be active in spite of their fatigue, people with CFS experience what some patients call “payback”— debilitating exhaustion that can confine them to bed for days.

Often such people do not know where to find solace and are confronted with people who do not understand their situations and often consider them as lazy or as profiteers. though when we look at the present figures it is clear that there are so many people caught by that trigger who wants to pull them down, that we also have to question if not somebody in our near environment is having it as well and if it also not have to do with what we have been added in the things we eat (all those chemical additives).

The Bendy Beauty girl started blogging on July 2015 it seems with mostly looking at Glossyboxes. But using these skin creams and treatments perhaps she also came to wonder what is in it all those products we so gladly put on our body hoping to look better, but are they making us also better? Often not. In lots of the additives bad products do a lot of damage to our body. Paraben, widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products and collagen, which has many medical uses in treating complications of the bones and skin, or not so innocent as many think.

In man’s hope to stay young or to look younger than the real age many brands have jumped on the collagen bandwagon to produce gels, creams and powders but also dermal fillers, to rejuvenate skin and fill wrinkles.

May the 1st being the start of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome awareness month the beauty girl wanted doing posts about EDS, covering the different types of EDS, where the zebra comes from, fibromyalgia awareness day, the HMSA and their work with all of the hypermobility causing syndromes.

For those of you that aren’t aware, the zebra is the mascot animal of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and as a result many of us with EDS collect zebra themed items. We might collect them because we love zebras or because people buy them for us on a regular basis – some EDSers have even been known to get fed up of the whole zebra thing! {Paperchase Serengeti Range – Zebras!}

In one article she also gives 8 self-care tips for getting through a flare up.

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Read about the collagen:

Bendy Investigates: What is Collagen?

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Though disabled in the eyes of society able to do great things

What would you do if…?

What would you do if…? Continued trial

What would you do if…? Continued trial

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Further reading

  1. Chronic Fatigue/M.E Awareness week
  2. Chronic Illness and Depression- The Link
  3. Chronic Life: Getting a New Diagnosis
  4. Narcolepsy gives and takes.
  5. The Dietitian

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New Immunotherapy Drug Data Show Promise in Treating Cancer

Cell based Immunotherapies are proven to be effective for some cancers. Immune effector cells such as lymphocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, natural killer cells (NK Cell), cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL), etc., work together to defend the body against cancer by targeting abnormal antigens expressed on the surface of the tumor due to mutation. {Immunotherapy – Wikipedia article}

A research campus operated by Bristol-Myers Sq...

A research campus operated by Bristol-Myers Squibb in Princeton, New Jersey. Photographed by user Coolcaesar on September 2, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Patients with the skin cancer melanoma who received a combination of two Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. BMY -1.31% immunotherapies in a clinical trial lived an average of more than three years. In another study, about 70% of advanced melanoma patients receiving a Merck MRK +0.12% & Co. immunotherapy were still alive after one year of treatment.
Doctors say the outcomes were impressive because until recently, most patients with advanced melanoma could be expected to live for less than a year.

These findings and others were being presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology add to growing enthusiasm among cancer doctors that immunotherapies could usher in a major advance in treatment not just for melanoma, but also for a range of cancers including those of the lung, bladder and kidney.

For many cancer patients it will be nice to hear that in the last decade the field of immunotherapy has exploded.

New research on innovative immunotherapies for advanced or high-risk melanoma and cervical cancer were presented today at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).  These treatments – used alone or in combination – fight cancer by activating and amplifying the body’s immune response to the disease.

The new studies find high activity with investigative drugs for advanced melanoma, and show for the first time that ipilimumab, a treatment already approved for advanced melanoma, can substantially decrease the risk of melanoma recurrence in certain patients with earlier-stage disease.  In addition, another small trial reports that a one-time, personalized immunotherapy treatment induces complete and long-lasting remissions in a small number of women with advanced cervical cancer – a disease with little to no effective treatment options.

“The field of immunotherapy has exploded in the last decade, and more and more patients are benefiting,” said press briefing moderator Steven O’Day, MD, ASCO expert and clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine.

“Having a potential new way to keep melanoma at bay is a major advance for patients who live under the constant fear of recurrence after surgery. It’s also incredibly exciting that we’re extending the benefits of immunotherapy beyond melanoma, to diseases like cervical cancer where patients urgently need better options.”

Featured studies include:

  •  Adjuvant ipilimumab improves recurrence-free survival in patients with high-risk stage III melanoma: Study marks the first time adjuvant (post-surgery) ipilimumab is shown to be effective in earlier-stage melanoma, though side effects are considerable. 
  • PD-1 targeting immunotherapy MK-3475 has high and long-lasting activity against metastatic melanoma: Large phase I trial finds high survival rates in patients with advanced melanoma, including those previously treated with ipilimumab; one-year survival rate is 69 percent across all patient subgroups.
  • Combination immunotherapy with ipilimumab and nivolumab achieves long-term survival for patients with advanced melanoma: Updated follow-up data from an expanded phase I study show concurrent treatment with ipilimumab and the anti-PD-1 nivolumab yields strong, long-lasting responses and high survival rates.
  • T helper cell function

    T helper cell function (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    HPV-targeted adoptive T cell therapy may provide a new personalized strategy for advanced cervical cancer: Early study of HPV-targeted immunotherapy shows promising activity in metastatic cervical cancer, a hard-to-treat disease with few effective treatment options.

Media Resources:

  • Online Annual Meeting Media Resource Center: Visit www.asco.org/AMMRC for press releases, press briefing recordings, the press briefing schedule at-a-glance, embargo policies, high-resolution photos, print-friendly downloads, and the Virtual Press Room, an online repository of corporate and institutional press releases from third-party organizations. 
  • CancerProgress.Net: The home of ASCO’s 50th Anniversary and a timeline detailing the progress made against 18 of the most common cancers.

Cancer.Net: ASCO’s cancer information website, providing doctor-approved information on more than 120 cancer types.

  • Long-term results encouraging for combination immunotherapy for advanced melanoma (medicalxpress.com)
    The first long-term follow-up results from a phase 1b immunotherapy trial combining drugs for advanced melanoma patients has shown encouraging results—long-lasting with high survival rates—researchers report. First author Mario Sznol, M.D., professor of medical oncology at Yale Cancer Center, is presenting the updated data at the 2014 annual conference of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago.Sznol, clinical research leader of the melanoma research program at Yale Cancer Center, was the senior author on the original study of combination immunotherapy that was first published in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at ASCO in 2013. Jedd Wolchok, M.D., of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was first author of the earlier study, and senior author of this updated research.
  • Scientists Prime The Immune System As A Powerful Cancer Weapon (forbes.com)
    Early results showing that genetically modified white blood cells, called T-cells, can make cancer cells disappear, at least temporarily, in 50% to 90% of patients with certain blood cancers that have failed all other treatments have ignited a land grab among drug companies. But until now it’s been uncertain whether the immune system could be weaponized against solid tumors like those in breast, lung, and cervical cancer. Some doubted that the cells could make it into these cancers, which literally build walls of flesh and blood to protect themselves.
  • ‘Miracle’ drug for cancer treatment (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
    The drug, pembrolizumab, is the latest in a new generation of treatments that prevent cancers shielding themselves from the immune system.It was tested on melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer – because the prospects for patients with advanced forms of this disease are so bleak.Just under 70% of the 411 patients taking part in the trial were still alive one year after starting on the treatment.

    The result is considered remarkable because all had highly advanced melanoma and a very poor prognosis.

  • Doctors use immune therapy against cervical cancer (host.madison.com)
    Many private companies are pursuing other treatments that are given like drugs aimed at the immune system. Also discussed at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference:—Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s Yervoy, the first immune therapy to improve survival of advanced, inoperable melanoma, also helped prevent recurrence when given to people with earlier stage disease at regular intervals after surgery, a study of nearly 1,000 patients found. But severe side effects caused half to quit treatment, and five people died from it. Doctors think a lower dose might minimize these problems. The drug also costs more than $100,000 for initial treatment, so long-term cost is a concern.—Nivolumab, an experimental therapy from Bristol-Myers, extended survival by 3 1/2 years on average when given with Yervoy to people with very advanced melanoma, far better than any previous treatments. Nine of 53 patients treated had complete remissions.

    —Merck & Co.’s experimental therapy pembrolizumab gave one-year survival rates of about 69 percent in a study of 411 patients with very advanced melanoma, including many previously treated with Yervoy.

    —Genentech’s experimental immune therapy for bladder cancer shrank tumors in 13 of 30 patients with advanced bladder cancer for which there are hardly any treatment options now. All signs of cancer disappeared in two patients.

    Immune therapy struggled for years with just occasional small gains, but “now we have cruise missiles” giving better kill rates against many tumor types, said Dr. Steven O’Day of the University of Southern California.

    Others tempered their enthusiasm, noting that some promising approaches produced more limited gains once they were more fully researched.

  • Immune therapies improve treatment of cancers (usatoday.com)
    A half dozen experimental trials presented at the ongoing American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago show that researchers are finally making significant progress in both melanoma where therapies began, as well as in other cancers.”The revolution is here, it’s ongoing and it’s bursting out of melanoma into solid tumors,” said Steven O’Day, a melanoma specialist in Beverly Hills, Calif., who helped run a Monday morning news conference. “This meeting is evidence of further progress in melanoma and in other very difficult to treat solid cancers.”
  • Cancer Research Institute Launches TheAnswerToCancer.org, a Website for Cancer Patients and Caregivers (socialmediaportal.com)
    The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is proud to announce the launch of a first-of-its-kind website devoted to cancer immunotherapy, also called immuno-oncology, designed specifically for cancer patients and their caregivers, TheAnswerToCancer.org.”As major advances in cancer immunotherapy begin to alter the landscape of cancer treatment, patients facing a cancer diagnosis need to be aware of immunotherapy as a potential treatment option for them,” said Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, Ph.D., CEO and director of scientific affairs at the Cancer Research Institute. “Our new website, TheAnswerToCancer.org, informs patients about these new treatments, and encourages them to talk with their doctors about immunotherapy.”Through TheAnswerToCancer.org, CRI seeks to engage, educate, and empower patients and their loved ones to learn more about cancer immunotherapy as a treatment option across numerous tumor types. The site provides a robust but accessible overview of the science behind cancer immunotherapy, detailed information about cancer immunotherapy clinical trials, and voices from the cancer immunotherapy community.
  • Doctors use immunotherapy against cervical cancer (sfgate.com)
    Two years ago, Arrica Wallace was riddled with tumors from widely spread cervical cancer that the strongest chemotherapy and radiation could not beat back. Today, the Kansas mother shows no signs of the disease, and it was her own immune system that made it go away.The experimental approach that helped her is one of the newest frontiers in the rapidly advancing field of cancer immunotherapy, which boosts the body’s natural ways of attacking tumors.
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    Among those discussed at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference was an experimental therapy from Genentech that shrank tumors in 13 of 30 patients with advanced bladder cancer, for which there are hardly any treatment options now. All signs of cancer disappeared in two patients.
  • Immunotherapy an Effective Tool in Fighting Cervical Cancer (modvive.com)
    Aarica Wallace of Manhattan, Kansas spoke with The Associated Press about the cervical cancer that almost took her life. Wallace was 35 when her cervical cancer was discovered, and spreading widely, with one tumor was so large it blocked half of her windpipe. Given less than a year to live, and with two young sons, Wallace didn’t give up hope. ”It’s been 22 months since treatment and 17 months of completely clean scans” showing no sign of cancer, Wallace told the Associated Press.
  • New ‘immunotherapy’ treatments show dramatic progress in fight against cervical cancer (rawstory.com)
    The idea behind HPV-targeted adoptive T-cell therapy is to boost the body’s immune response to HPV in the tumors.
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    The technique is still a long way from becoming everyday practice in medicine, and researchers have yet to figure out why it works in some but not in others.“With the refinement of adoptive T-cell therapy and reduction of potential significant side effects, this can offer hope for improvement of survival for patients with advanced cervical cancers,” said Linus Chang, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Chang was not involved in the study.Cervical cancer infects some 530,000 women each year and kills more than 270,000 around the globe, with most deaths occurring in the developing world, according to the World Health Organization.

    Despite the rapid and complete responses that two of his patients have seen, Hinrichs said it is far too early to declare them cured.

    But Wallace said she does not care about the terminology.

    “You can’t argue with the scans,” she told AFP.

    “It’s not there and I feel good. I don’t have to hear the word ‘cure.’”

  • Immunotherapy Drug Data Show Promise in Treating Cancer (live.wsj.com) Video
    Drugs designed to unleash the body’s own immune system against cancer are significantly prolonging the lives of some people with hard-to-treat forms of the deadly disease. WSJ’s Jeanne Whalen joins Tanya Rivero on Lunch Break to explain.

 

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