DYANNE & LARS’ WAR AGAINST LUNG CANCER

  • April 24, 2016
    Written By Lars Haakon Soraas

    A recent article in Nature (www.nature.com/n…/cancer-therapy-an-evolved-approach-1.19746) featured the work of Robert Gatenby, who is one of my favourite cancer researchers. He is one of few oncologists/researchers who seems to have thought deeply about how cancer evolves in response to treatment and what it would take to achieve long term disease control. He happens to also be a mathematician. More mathematicians should be cancer researchers, and more cancer researchers should be mathematicians.

  • April 16, 2016
    Written By Lars Haakon Soraas

    Dyanne did an MRI last week and a CT scan this week. We learned the results of both this week and both scans look good, i.e. showing cancer is shrinking in some places and stable in other places. Furthermore, there are no new lesions either. The weekly blood was also good. The main reason for the shrinkage is (almost certainly) the new medicine Dyanne started in February, Tagrisso (osimertinib/AZD9291).

  • April 10, 2016
    Written By Lars Haakon Soraas

    -Peptide vaccine in Germany is proceeding. It will consist of some short and some long peptides. Production of the short ones started this week. And the long ones should hopefully start this coming week. It seems it will be possible to get the peptides mixed with dendritic cells. Whether we can pull off the intratumoral injection remains to be seen. If we do injection in the arm, it seems pre-conditioning the vaccine site with tetanus/diphtheria toxoid is a good idea.

  • April 3, 2016
    Written By Lars Haakon Soraas

    Week 32 in the war on cancer has passed.Here are the main highlights:

    -Dyanne has been in good shape pretty much all week. A bit tired every now and then, so she has taken a nap during the day on some days.

    -Blood test done this week was all good.

    -We have decided to work with Dr Jason Sager and his company Sagely Health. They will help identify promising treatments and maybe also help on making decisions and coordinating treatments.

  • March 29, 2016
    Written By Lars Haakon Soraas

    Week 31 in the war on cancer has passed. The update is a bit delayed as we have been away and in holiday mode high up in the Norwegian mountains (Beitostølen). Not too much to report in terms of cancer and treatment. Here are the main points:
    -Dyanne has been feeling well all week and we have gone skiing several days smile emoticon
    -A blood test has revealed a borderline low zinc level.

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