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(Science Magazine)   Which would you rather have: pancreatic cancer or radioactive listeria?   (news.sciencemag.org) divider line 29
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2013-04-30 11:19:35 AM
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2013-04-30 11:23:45 AM
Well, I don't know what radioactive listeria is, but I know what pancreatic cancer is.  So I'll go with radioactive listeria.
 
2013-04-30 11:32:54 AM
FTA: "Now, a group of researchers has hit upon a novel way to halt its spread: delivering radiation directly to the cancer cells using genetically modified bacteria. "
 
Where have I heard this before...

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Ah, that's the one!
 
2013-04-30 12:52:04 PM
Seeing how most of my direct relatives died of pancreatic cancer, I'll take the listeria, thanks,.
 
2013-04-30 01:43:01 PM

EatHam: Well, I don't know what radioactive listeria is, but I know what pancreatic cancer is.  So I'll go with radioactive listeria.


This. Sometimes it makes more sense to fear what is known over what is unknown. There aren't many things worse than pancreatic cancer.
 
2013-04-30 01:44:43 PM

Marcus Aurelius: Seeing how most of my direct relatives died of pancreatic cancer, I'll take the listeria, thanks,.


Dang! I really hope you dodge that bullet.
 
2013-04-30 02:00:27 PM
The listeria could be radioactive, but you can spit it out and at least have minty breath for a while.
 
2013-04-30 02:03:08 PM
My 52 year old otherwise healthy uncle was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died about a year later. I'll take the radioactivity and setting off detectors on NJ Transit and at the Lincoln Tunnel now and then.
 
2013-04-30 02:03:23 PM
Radioactive listerine? Sounds awesome.
 
2013-04-30 02:16:53 PM
The box, I'll take the box!
 
2013-04-30 02:18:38 PM
Does the radioactive listeria come with wafers? This is important.
 
2013-04-30 02:20:34 PM
Give me super powers or give me death!
 
2013-04-30 02:20:35 PM
Well, it seems to me the radioactive stuff would be easier to find.
 
2013-04-30 02:34:37 PM
lasagne.
 
2013-04-30 02:40:16 PM

EatHam: Well, I don't know what radioactive listeria is, but I know what pancreatic cancer is.  So I'll go with radioactive listeria.


Took my grandmother fairly quickly (6 months).  Yeah, I'll take the listeria.
 
2013-04-30 02:42:06 PM
Put me down for the listeria
 
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2013-04-30 03:03:40 PM

naughtyrev: [i.imgur.com image 208x242]


*snert*
 
2013-04-30 03:04:04 PM
[ ] Pancreatic Cancer
[X] Radioactive Listeria
 
2013-04-30 03:10:23 PM

enry: EatHam: Well, I don't know what radioactive listeria is, but I know what pancreatic cancer is.  So I'll go with radioactive listeria.

Took my grandmother fairly quickly (6 months).  Yeah, I'll take the listeria.


Pancreatic cancer took my grandfather a few years ago and my Mom earlier this year.
 
2013-04-30 03:42:10 PM
Given that I've been through the whole chemo deal recently, I think I would rather take the radioactive listeria and skip on the pancreatic cancer.
 
2013-04-30 04:25:17 PM

eyeq360: Given that I've been through the whole chemo deal recently, I think I would rather take the radioactive listeria and skip on the pancreatic cancer.


Me too!  Lucky us.  What sucks for us is that I KNOW how close we are to so many new treatments that aren't nearly as toxic as traditional chemo.  Most of them are like this, targeted killers, they attack and destroy only the cancer cells based on exposed receptors, convince the bodies own immune system to destroy the bad cells or using modified organisms to hunt and destroy.  I have already received a type 1 immunotherapy agent, one of the first available, but it's only partially effective on it's own.  The type 2 immunotherapy agents they are currently working on are much more efficient killers.  It sucks knowing that what I have will either return in the next few years and kill me before they are available or I'm cured and will live long enough not to need these new therapies.

I'll take the listeria.
 
2013-04-30 06:51:19 PM

Marcus Aurelius: Seeing how most of my direct relatives died of pancreatic cancer, I'll take the listeria, thanks,.


I hope you can avoid that!

Ambivalence: EatHam: Well, I don't know what radioactive listeria is, but I know what pancreatic cancer is.  So I'll go with radioactive listeria.

This. Sometimes it makes more sense to fear what is known over what is unknown. There aren't many things worse than pancreatic cancer.


My husband died from Gioblastoma Multiforme IV, a super aggressive, malignant brain tumor with a 0% five year survival rate. I think that might be worse.

I'll take radioactive listeria over either of those, also.
 
2013-04-30 06:51:56 PM
*Glioblastoma
 
2013-04-30 08:18:13 PM
Radioactive Listeria FTW!

shiat, even if teh infection were to go out of control in a volunteer in a clinical trial, a little ampicillin (or Bactrim) will clear that shiat right up!  Rescue therapy.

I know a bunch of the authors.  Awesome!
 
2013-04-30 08:41:09 PM
Dad, I know it's a little late, but if you can hear me from the afterlife they may have finally found a treatment for pancreatic cancer.  As you were a scientist I normally would have forwarded the article to you via e-mail so that we could discuss it during our weekly Sunday afternoon phone conversation.  Unfortunately we had to bury you last spring about 4 weeks after your diagnosis.  I'm not sure if there is an afterlife, let alone a Heaven, but I like to think that there's Fark in it, whatever it is.  In any event check out the article and we'll chat about it when I join you someday.

/tl;dr: I'll take extra helpings of the radioactive listeria  :(
 
2013-04-30 09:12:42 PM
Uhh, just the coffee, thanks.
 
2013-04-30 09:37:48 PM
Just found out from the oncologist that I am cancer free and in remission. Suck that, CANCER.  You and your puny efforts!  Now body, if you can only find a way to get rid of the gallstones that you have created in my gallbladder, that would be cool.
 
2013-04-30 09:47:20 PM

eyeq360: Just found out from the oncologist that I am cancer free and in remission. Suck that, CANCER.  You and your puny efforts!  Now body, if you can only find a way to get rid of the gallstones that you have created in my gallbladder, that would be cool.


Fantastic!
 
2013-05-01 11:53:52 AM

eyeq360: Just found out from the oncologist that I am cancer free and in remission. Suck that, CANCER.  You and your puny efforts!  Now body, if you can only find a way to get rid of the gallstones that you have created in my gallbladder, that would be cool.


Congratulations.   The Big C is an utter bastard.  Glad you kicked its butt.
 
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