Article Talk: The Last Woman to Die of Breast Cancer

Started by Dedra, June 30, 2017
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Dedra

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Kathy KaTour's article is excellent, and to supplement her comment about Herceptin and Siddharta Mukerjee's Pulitzer award winning book, Emperor of all Maladies, watch the movie "Living Proof" with Harry Connick, Jr. Barbara Bradfield, played by Bernadette Peters, is the woman who had a palpable tumor in her neck that disappeared during treatment, along with her other tumors. Barbara was terminal, but Herceptin saved her, to live, I believe, about another decade and a half. Perjeta, another monoclonal antibody, is now given to some patients to boost the effectives of Herceptin. Also, herceptin has been combined with another chemo drug, Emtansine, to make a drug conjugate, Kadcyla. The side effects are so much less than taxols and similar chemos that all chemo should be developed that way. There are two additional drugs in trials now that are also conjugates. The way most conjugates work is that one drug zooms to deliver the drug to the HER2+ cells and the chemo destroys them. There are so many new drugs and options being worked on now that we didn't have years ago, for all cancer. Hope for all. We also have Dr. Dennis Slamon to thank, without his 12 year effort, Herceptin never would have been marketed, it was not seen as a "money maker" at the time. Kathy is indeed correct, there will be a last woman to die of breast cancer. Thank you, Kathy, for putting hope at the forefront for us in your article.
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Kathy LaTour

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July 05, 2017
Thank you so much for you additional information. I hope women read the comments and know the steps that have been made. Can you tell me who you are. You can respond to me at my facebook page. I would love to continue talking
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