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I too am very thankful to the medical professionals here and back in the US, they all try their best given what they have available at the time. The FDA is pretty much ' the bad guy ' in my eyes. They prevent completely safe treatments from being used on US soil so trials can be conducted and controls put in place....oh, and big business gets their money along with the govt............I have a HUGE problem with that.
This Y-90 treatment has been done here for 13 years and the actual success rate is higher than 35% as I undertsand it. That quite possibly should be enough for the US govt. to look at this and forgive some requirements to become approved. In Europe, they have their own body similar to FDA and they have determined this is a safe and viable option. Many of these European Dr.'s are not published in US journals, that is why many US Dr.'s refuse to consider these treatments and that comes directly from several Onco's at UPMC......that is a shame.
UPMC runs a hospital in Italy and I have been trying to get them to work in conjunction with Basel but, nobody will listen. The manufacturer of the DOTATOC has no desire to fund a US trial because of the very high cost ( 50-60 million dollars ) and too few possible PT's, not enough money in it.
Oh well, I am rambling.....sorry.
Thanks for the insight,
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