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Old 08-17-2014, 07:27 PM   #1
Lani
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Hey, Tiptoe! The day may be coming when you can come out of hiding, no longer fearful

they are coming to take your ovaries!!!

for those unaware who Tiptoe is, she is our mascot CHINESE HAMSTER.
All those who have benefited from herceptin have CHINESE HAMSTERs to thank as the antibody Genentech produces is 99% human and 1% from Chinese hamster ovaries. (I doubt the hamsters benefited from having their ovaries removedů.rather the hamsters were "removed")

Here is the news that the valiant Chinese hamsters may someday no longer have to give their ovaries (or their lives) in order to manufacture monoclonal antibodies for her2+ humans.

By the way, Dr. Ronald Levy has been talking and writing about using tobacco plant leaves for the manufacture of monoclonal antibodies for at least 20 years
(see my preivous posts on his work by using the search function)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0GH0DU20140817
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Old 08-19-2014, 03:09 PM   #2
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Wink Re: Hey, Tiptoe! The day may be coming when you can come out of hiding, no longer fea

Dear Lani -
Once again good info!

If I am not mistaken, they used tobacco leaves to grow something that went into the Ebola virus vaccine. It was a Top Secret project.

My hubby thinks by now I should have a little fuzz on my ears since I had so much Herceptin over the many years I took it!

I am heavily indebted to the many Chinese hamsters that went to their great reward in my behalf!
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MY STORY SO FAR ~~~~
Found suspicious lump 9/2000
Lumpectomy, then node dissection and port placement
Stage IIB, 8 pos nodes of 18, Grade 3, ER & PR -
Adriamycin 12 weekly, taxotere 4 rounds
36 rads - very little burning
3 mos after rads liver full of tumors, Stage IV Jan 2002, one spot on sternum
Weekly Taxol, Navelbine, Herceptin for 27 rounds to NED!
2003 & 2004 no active disease - 3 weekly Herceptin + Zometa
Jan 2005 two mets to brain - Gamma Knife on Jan 18
All clear until treated cerebellum spot showing activity on Jan 2006 brain MRI & brain PET
Brain surgery on Feb 9, 2006 - no cancer, 100% radiation necrosis - tumor was still dying
Continue as NED while on Herceptin & quarterly Zometa
Fall-2006 - off Zometa - watching one small brain spot (scar?)
2007 - spot/scar in brain stable - finished anticoagulation therapy for clot along my port-a-catheter - 3 angioplasties to unblock vena cava
2008 - Brain and body still NED! Port removed and scans in Dec.
Dec 2008 - stop Herceptin - Vaccine Trial at U of W begun in Oct. of 2011
STILL NED everywhere in Feb 2014 - on wing & prayer
7/14 - Started twice yearly Zometa for my bones
Jan. 2015 checkup still shows NED
2015 Neuropathy in feet - otherwise all OK - still NED.
Same news for 2016 and all of 2017.
Nov of 2017 - had small skin cancer removed from my face. Will have Zometa end of Jan. 2018.
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