get real about breast cancer

Sure, I appreciate all the money that's been raised in search of a cure. But I can't be the only one who dreads Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all things Pink.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Is a breast cancer vaccine possible? Quoting directly from the Lifetime TV website:

"Dr. Yvonne Paterson, a breast cancer survivor, is developing a possible vaccine that may put a stop to the disease that takes so many lives. The vaccine, Lovaxin B, would teach the immune system how to attack cancer cells and is currently in pre-clinical testing. While the vaccine is far from being ready for public distribution, Dr. Paterson is enthusiastic about the test results they have seen so far. "We found that we can stop the tumor from growing out to 100 days, at which time we stopped measuring since this is a long time for experiments of this type," said Dr. Paterson. The tumors stopped growing or went completely away."

Dr. Paterson is the founder of Advaxis, Inc., a biotechnology company, as well as a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania."

I'm not a scientist, so I don't have any idea whether or not this is feasible, but it sure is a nice dream.


At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, I still honestly cannot understand how we can send people to the moon and send spacecraft to Mars and for that matter, this whole freaking internet phenomenon and we still can't figure out how and why women get breast cancer. Is it just that this is the human condition? To always have illness and grief? Or are we spending too many dollars still on the space race and nuclear arms to have the money to figure out the basic ways that the human body works? Anyway, anything like this looks promising, but I'll believe it when it happens!


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