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Today’s cancer treatments can sometimes feel like yesterday’s science fiction. In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration approved two therapies that manipulate immune cells’ DNA to give them the power to hunt down and kill certain blood cancers. Scientists are working to extend this treatment strategy to as many cancer types as possible, including solid tumors like breast and pancreatic cancers. But solid tumors pose new challenges even to empowered immune cells, such as the sheer number of cancer cells found in one solid-tumor mass.

Matthias Stephan, MD, PhD, at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center developed a patented strategy to deliver active, genetically engineered anti-cancer immune cells to solid tumors, dramatically improving their efficacy in mouse models of cancer. Now, he’s combined this science-fiction cancer treatment with a science-fiction material to improve it even further.

In a study published Dec. 9 in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering, Stephan showed that loading genetically engineered immune cells onto a metal micromesh-based tumor stent can keep tumors from growing into and blocking the stent in a preclinical model of pancreatic cancer. He and his team also demonstrated that the micromesh can also deliver curative, standardized doses of anti-cancer immune cells to mice with inoperable ovarian cancer.

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Cancer Research News & Studies / Cancer Stem Cells
« Last post by danialthomas on January 17, 2020, 03:20:10 pm »
In the human body, there are healthy stem cells that help repair and regenerate damaged tissues. Similarly, in tumors, there are cancer stem cells (CSCs) that help repair and regenerate tumors. This subset of cancer cells is also known as tumor-survival cells (TSCs) or tumor-initiating cells (TICs). Many experts believe that successful eradication of CSCs could change the face of cancer treatment. Not only are CSCs the main driver of distant metastasis, treatment failure, and disease recurrence, CSCs may also be the root cause of the original tumor itself. Because of the powerful survival mechanisms of CSCs, chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are unable to kill them. In fact, conventional therapy can do the exact opposite and stimulate the proliferation and virulence of CSCs.

CSCs can migrate and nest in various areas of the body and remain dormant for months, years, or even decades until the right stimulus comes along and awakens them. While conventional therapy can eradicate the bulk (main) tumor cells, sooner or later, lingering CSCs can form new and often more aggressive tumors from a small number of cells (as few as 100). In other words, being “tumor-free” is not the same as being “cancer-free.” Eradicating the bulk tumor cells is not enough. CSCs must also be eradicated to achieve long-term survival. At present, there are no drugs that are FDA-approved to specifically target CSCs. To address this urgent and unmet need, we are pioneering the use of repurposed medicines and natural compounds that have been shown to target CSCs by killing them and/or preventing them from entering a dormant and more resistant state.

Dr. Daniel Thomas, DO, MS
Mount Dora, Florida

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Insurance, Financial Support and Paying for Care / How does anyone do this?
« Last post by cancerhusband on January 16, 2020, 04:03:06 pm »
My wife has cancer and we don't have insurance. We have been able to get some financial aid from relatives, but even with the extra help we are drowning in debt. Anyone else in our situation? I'm trying to be there and be positive for my wife, but I'm an independent contractor and the fact that my job has no health insurance/the costs of independent health insurance are too high is very very hard. No, we don't qualify for medicaid. Any advice is appreciated. We don't want to have to make a GoFundMe but at this point idk what else to do.
Cancer Research News & Studies / Resolving Inflammation
« Last post by danialthomas on January 10, 2020, 04:49:20 pm »
Chronic inflammation is a major contributor to the development and spread of cancer. Most cancer patients have elevated levels of inflammatory blood markers, such as C-reactive protein, homocysteine, and fibrinogen, as well as outward symptoms like persistent pain. Resolving cancer-promoting inflammation is crucial and should a central component of any anti-cancer protocol. Natural compounds like curcumin can inhibit the initiation of inflammation and may reduce its severity, but they do not resolve ongoing inflammation. The latter requires unique fatty-acid derived compounds known as specialized pro-resolving mediators or SPMs. SPMs facilitate the removal of dead and dying cells and cellular debris left over from inflammation. SPMs help restore an appropriate balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory mediators. And SPMs initiate and promote regeneration of tissues that have been damaged by inflammation.

Dr. Daniel Thomas, DO, MS
Mount Dora, Florida

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Cancer Research News & Studies / Repairing The Left Over Damage
« Last post by danialthomas on January 08, 2020, 03:37:04 pm »
Studies have shown that conventional cancer treatment can accelerate the aging process, leading to fatigue, decline in brain function, heart disease, and a return of cancer. Long after treatment has been completed, chemotherapy and radiation can leave considerable damage to the heart, lungs, brain, nerves, kidneys, urinary bladder, liver, intestines, bone marrow, immune system, muscles, and reproductive organs. This can permanently affect your quality of life and shorten your life. This is an area that nobody seems to be addressing. Because of the urgent and unmet need, we are pioneering the use of repurposed medicines, peptides, and natural compounds to help repair tissue damage and restore quality of life.

Dr. Daniel Thomas, DO, MS
Mount Dora, Florida

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Living with Breast Cancer / Re: When should I worry
« Last post by Maddie459 on January 06, 2020, 05:11:39 pm »
if you can- there is nothing better for this situation than peace of mind.
You may think you are being dramatic, but it's better to know.
just go into a screening with your doctor and be sure. It is most likely nothing but if you are really worried about it u should just find out :)
Living with Breast Cancer / When should I worry
« Last post by katiem on January 06, 2020, 05:01:48 pm »
hi all,

I have a tendency to be a hypochondriac, so I need some advice here:
I have a history of breast cancer in my family and have been feeling fatigued, nauseous, some swelling in my breasts, and slight pain as well.

Could this just be some weird pms thing or am i potentially experiencing warning signs of breast cancer??? for reference i am a 35yr old woman.
Living with Brain Cancer / Glioblastoma-Specific Application
« Last post by danialthomas on December 25, 2019, 02:45:36 pm »
For those suffering from glioblastoma, or for those with a loved one suffering from glioblastoma, to help improve overall survival, in addition to using a combination of medicines to deprive cancer of the nutrients it needs to grow and spread, here is what we have been using that has glioblastoma-specific application:

•   Curcumin
•   Epicatechin gallate
•   Gallium maltolate
•   Perillyl alcohol
•   Hydrogen gas
•   Pregnenolone
•   Resveratrol
•   Siberian rhubarb
•   Syrosingopine
•   Valganciclovir

Dr. Daniel Thomas, DO, MS
Mount Dora, Florida

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Wow. Really wish I had known about this for relatives and friends that wanted to keep their hair. What a good resource. I see they are raising money for it? Is it expensive? Is there anyway to make it affordable?
Living with Lung Cancer / Re: favorite uncle diagnosed with lung cancer
« Last post by itsrealthistime on December 16, 2019, 02:16:00 pm »
My uncle is going home today. The lung mass was confirmed as cancerous, but as far as the scans can tell it has all been removed. Everything around the mass appears to be clear of cancer. Sees oncologist in 6 weeks. About the best we could have hoped for.
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