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Unread 08-11-2004, 04:43 AM
New Treatments, New Techniques, New Us!!

I have a friend named Donna.

Although Donna and I have never actually met we do share a common bond, Ovarian Cancer.

I was given Donna's name and number from my sister-in-law. Their children go to the same school. I called her and each time we spoke it was as if we had known each other a lifetime. We actually live in the same town and are hoping to get together for lunch before school starts.

Both of our jouneys began a little over two years ago. My tumor was operatable and removed with a ca125 number of 454, at that time. Donna's was too large to operate on so he did chemo first to try and shrink the tumor. Her number was in the thousands. After about 4 months of chemo, the tumor shrunk enough and surgery took place.

I got a letter in the mail yesterday from Donna. (yes an actual U.S. Post office letter LOL) and she asked me to share her good news with my hystersisters.

In July, she went to MD Anderson to meet with the research doctor and was admitted into the trial. She was the last person from the U.S. admitted into Phase 2. She did not qualify for phase 3 because she already had too much chemo.

She says that Anderson is an incredible facility and with this new treament she is hoping to conquer this disease.

The new drug she is taking is TLK286 in combo with carboplatin. She says that the drug only targets abnormal cancer cells and causes cell death. In July, her ca125 was 1716 and in August it was down to 719. She went on to say that after the initial 2 to 3 day yucky slump, she feels great. No Fatigue, high energy level, no hair loss, no rash, no nothing.

She wanted to tell everyong that great things are happening and that it is a new approach that works!!

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Unread 08-11-2004, 05:17 AM
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Dear Rosalie....Thank you for sharing that with us. I am so glad your friend is doing well. The drug sounds very promising. Keep well.

Unread 08-11-2004, 06:23 AM
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Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful news about Donna.

I think all of us who have ovca, are so encouraged by that news!
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Unread 08-11-2004, 07:34 AM
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Absolutely encouraged by Donna's results!

Thank her for me for doing this trial and thank YOU for sharing her good news with us!

Unread 08-11-2004, 10:23 AM
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Thanks for the info. I'll definitely ask my doctor about it.
Unread 08-11-2004, 11:35 AM

Hooray for her! MD Anderson seems to be THE place and I do hope that this drug will show its value in trials and beyond. Oh if we only had good trials here at UW Comprehensive Cancer Center... Nothing really for ovarian. Sigh...
Unread 08-11-2004, 03:06 PM
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Rosalie,I truely believe MDAnderson is the best place for your friend to be. Although I don't have ovarian cancer ,I do have a sarcoma and MD Anderson is whom my ob/gyn refers with. It's the number one hospital for the treatment of Sarcoma. Thanks for sharing .


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