Week 40 in the war on cancer. We are on Mallorca in Spain, so will try to make this a rather short update.
-As most of you probably know already, Dyanne has, together with Levent and a couple of others, made a video to raise awareness of lung cancer. Two important facts that are important to spread is that there are many non-smokers who get the disease and that research on the disease is severely underfunded. It is shocking to learn that each breast cancer death gets 7 times more research funding than each lung cancer death. It should not be like that – and the way to fix it is to increase funding for lung cancer research. If you have not already done so, please help increase awareness of this by sharing the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vyy08jP33K8.
-Dyanne is in good shape, apart from a little bit of stomach issues that we susepect is due to telmisartan.
-Dyanne had har last exam to become a teacher on Wednesday this week. And she passed (even got B)! So if anyone wants to hire a highly motivated and skilled math teacher for middle school kids, then please do contact her!
-Our peptide vaccine is nearing completion. We had the peptide selection reviewed by a company in the US and the list of peptides has now been narrowed down to 9: 5 short ones and 4 long ones. We hope to have the first injection in around two weeks.
-I just read in Norwegian newspaper VG about a 28 year old ovarian cancer patient who seems to have been given up by our health care system (“a bit more chemo, then you will die,” seems to be the message she has gotten). She has a 2.5 year old daughter. I think it is sickening and maddening that our health care system does not try to help this woman. There are currently 236 ongoing clinical trials in Europe for ovarian cancer patients (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results/map/click…). Surely, one of them must give her better odds than certain death. That our health care system does not see it as their duty to try to get her on a promising clinical trial outside of Norway speaks volumes of how our health care system systematically fails young and “terminal” cancer patients. You can read about her here: http://www.vg.no/…/stjernekokker-hedret-kreftra…/a/23696788/.
We are currently on Mallorca with Dyanne’s parents and will be here until 8th June.
Thanks to everyone who showed up for birthday drinks this Thursday. It was a splendid evening!
Greetings from Mallorca!