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(Science Magazine)   Which would you rather have: pancreatic cancer or radioactive listeria?   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, microbes, cancer types, cytokines, Listeria monocytogenes, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, immune cells, radiation, tumors  
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2013-04-30 08:18:13 PM  
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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 04:25:17 PM  
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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 11:23:45 AM  
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Well, I don't know what radioactive listeria is, but I know what pancreatic cancer is.  So I'll go with radioactive listeria.
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