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Posted by Sari on May 25, 2000 at 16:04:15:

In Reply to: Re: mom and a small cell lung cancer trial posted by diana on May 21, 2000 at 15:04:47:

: : : my mother was diagnosed in january of 2000 with small cell lung cancer. she went through chemo and radiation and has gone into a partial remission. we have now entered her into a clinical trial which only involves 5 vaccines. it is aimed at teaching the immune system to recognize small cell and kill it. we saw the data of the inital study and 85% of the people who took these have not have their cancer return. we would like prayers to hope this works for my mother too, and if anyone else is in a similar situation with small cell i will be glad to share more about it. thank you Where is this trial being done? I am in remission from small-cell lung cancer, but am told it will recur. I pray for your mother's recovery, Diane. From Sari
: sari, thank you for your posts. it was very encouraging to hear there is a small cell survivor. i think god had you survive for a reason. the study mom is in is no longer posted with the nci, but it is still being done in many locations. it involves the use of a mouse anibody. this was developed at sloan memorial kettering. when the patient is injected they get an immunity with antibodies to this mouse formula which mimics a protien found on the surface of the small cell lung cancer.through my dad's work connections we got study results. of the original group only 1 person had the cancer come back and that was at 47 months. mom got in through a west coast oncology group which is just starting this study. it is still going on in many of the major cancer centers including mayo . it may not be listed but if you contact anyone its called the bec2 or the silva study.Maybe you already have antibodies? whatever you do thanks again for your encouragement.
Thank you, Diana, for the info. Please tell your mother to stay hopeful. I am praying for her to be well. I do certainly hope that, if she smoked, that she has stopped totally--ideally, I hope she stopped many years ago. Sari

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