Health Report 5/22/13

May 22nd, 2013

Each year, lung cancer strikes more than 220-thousand people. It will kill 160-thousand.
But adding something to chemotherapy could help beat the disease.
Kimberly Thomas, has Small Cell Carcinoma, said: "It keeps my mind at peace because I know that I'm not alone."

Kimberly Thomas's bracelet is a symbol of all the support she's gotten since her diagnosis.

Kimberly Thomas, "I was devastated."

Small Cell Carcinoma, a very aggressive form of lung cancer, but something new could help her overcome it.
University of Tennesse Medical Center's Doctor Wahid Hanna is helping investigate how adding immune-boosting anti-bodies to chemotherapy drugs could help patients like Kim.

Wahid T. Hanna, MD, Professor of Medicine, the University of Tennessee Medical Center, said: "If you have a cell that is requiring oxygen and you interfere with the nutrition, you interfere with the way it gets the cells to grow. That's it. t'll die."

The antibody attaches itself to cancer cells, making the cancer vulnerable to being destroyed by a patient's own immune system, after six rounds of the chemotherapy combined with the anti-body.

The tumor in Kimberly's lung has shrunk by more than half.
Kimberly Thomas, "It makes me feel ecstatic that there's hope."

Kimberly and her daughter Victoria hope the tumor will eventually disappear, so they can enjoy many more miles of quality time together.

Victoria Marlow, Kimberly's daughter, said: "We have definitely gotten closer and, um, it's kind of a blessing."

I'm  Lou Baxter reporting.



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