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Old 06-01-2013, 12:15 PM   #1
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Cancer Vaccines self-sabotage


Has anyone else seen this?
Would love to hear some thoughts on this article. I've just completed the vaccine trial (GM-CSF) at the MDAnderson and Wake Forest locations and am debating as to whether or not go for the boosters offered at 6 month intervals.
dx 7/2011
open incisional biopsy w/o clear margins
IDC IIa Her2+++ ER-PR- Ki-67 72%
changed doctors
9/2011 Rt breast mast w/expander
Sentinel node neg
scans clear
10/2011 port in
10/2011 began TCH
2/2012 last TC. Herceptin through 10/2012
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:26 PM   #2
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Re: Cancer Vaccines self-sabotage

I believe GDP had posted something similar about the local reaction being the immune system attacking the mineral oil instead of tumor seeking.

I think you should do the booster shots. It is the data from our experience that is so important. I would love to see that the vaccine is effective. But if for any reason it is not - the researchers will have gained information that will help move cancer treatment forward.

I did the boosters even though I didn't know if it was the GM-CSF or the vaccine. My reasoning was that I would likely benefit from the GM-CSF anyway.

I would tell my nurse after several injections in the clinical trial that I don't know if the vaccine is working or not, or the GM-CSF - but I feel better and stronger. I felt like something was improving in my health. Whether I was getting a benefit in reducing my chances of a recurrence or not, the data from the trials will show the effectiveness. Perhaps a new delivery system will result, or perhaps the vaccines will be responsible for reducing cancer. I hope the latter.

I'm posting some information on another thread about Antigen Express information is coming up now at ASCO.
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Stage IIb Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Pagets, 3 of 15 positive nodes

Traditional Treatment: Mastectomy and Axillary Node Dissection followed by Taxotere, 6 treatments and 1 year of Herceptin, no radiation
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Additional treatments:
GP2 vaccine, San Antonio Med Ctr
Prescriptive Exercise for Cancer Patients
ENERGY Study, UCSD La Jolla

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