Cancer Cure Clinical Trial Resulted in Three Deaths

Submitted by: lalapancakes 7 months ago Science
immunotherapy The world of researching cures for cancer is a harrowing and interesting one. Every other week there appears to be new promises towards a cure highlighted in the headlines. This story is unfortunately not about any kind of success rate but rather, the death of three Leukemia patients receiving an immunotherapy clinical test. What’s interesting about the story isn’t the immunotherapy but the chemo used in tandem. They inject chemo to kill of any healthy white blood cells to give the new improved engineered cells a fresh platform to fight from. The researchers believe the chemo is what led to the deaths of the three patients. I am a very biased person against chemo after watching what it did to a friend of mine. And after realizing it exists because of mustard gas. I’m all for kicking chemo out of the equation. The research will continue without the chemo. I hope it helps.  
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Male 794
The important thing that most people seem to forget: What do doctors themselves call what they do? Thats right, they call it "practicing" medicine. They still haven't got it right in a lot of areas, and are working daily to improve (at least the good ones are). As Gerry said above: "You can't make an omelet...". Yes, it sucks that sometimes people die due to medical research, but at least their deaths will serve to let the doctors know what NOT to do. Does this necessarily make it easier for the deceased's loved ones to deal with it? No, I'm sure it doesn't, but keep in mind that its still for the greater good in the long term.
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Male 38,045
On the plus side, Hitler did a great deal of medical research without hurting any animals.
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Male 38,045
Too soon ?
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Male 794
That's a valid point, but there is a HUGE difference. Most (not all, I'm sure, but most) trials performed by pharmaceutical companies and the FDA are performed on WILLING participants who understand the risks. The Jews that Hitler's regime experimented on were forced, usually without even knowing what was being done to them. Personally, if I were dying, no question that it would happen, and a pharmaceutical company wanted to use me for testing for a possible cure that might save thousands of people in the future, I would gladly do it.
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Male 1,255
Ahahahahah! Poor @Gerry1of1.
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Male 794
Ah, I see. Thats the bad thing about internet discussions. You can't see the little visual cues, or hear the tone of voice, that would normally tell a person that something is a joke. However, I do, personally, find that joke in poor taste. Not an attack on you, just voicing my opinion, for what little its worth...
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Male 38,045
Dude.... it was a joke
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Male 727
@lalapancakes I love you dearly but my wife is alive today because of a brilliant cancer doctor who effectively used a complex chemo strategy as a predecessor for a stem cell transplant that saved her life 2 years ago. The chemo was hell and so was the transplant but she survived as a result of it. Some of these idiots are hacks but some are visionary. The trick is figuring out which.
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Male 38,045
My husband also survived stage 4 or "end stage" lymphoma cancer. Now, six years later his doctor said "When we met I did not think you were going to be a happy ending. Glad to be wrong." So keep up the research but we both like to tell a good cancer joke. LOL
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Male 1,255
Love your positively dark thinking, @Gerry1of1
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Male 38,045
I am a dark horse... no one accuses me of positive thinking. Don't make me stalk you . . .
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Male 1,255
Yea but you only get one shot to figure out if your onc isn't a psycho. =(
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Male 38,045
Well, you can't make an omelet ..........
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Female 3,273
lmfao
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Female 3,273
Doctors kill more people every year than cars and guns combined.
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