Thursday, October 22, 2009


I don't know whether I'd apply the term "holy grail" to any sort of cancer treatment, but this does sound promising:

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, may be hot on the heels of a Holy Grail of cancer therapy: They have found a way to not only protect healthy tissue from the toxic effects of radiation treatment, but also increase tumor death.

NCI is the center that now has a primary role in caring for my mother. We'll be talking with Dr. Fine about this new development, even though we know the research isn't complete. At the very least, the doctor might be able to give us an insider's perspective on where the research is going, and how soon it'll get there.


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