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Immunotherapist was posted 03/01/2003 05:55 pm by Sue(UK)
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Mrs Dolphin

We live west of London and the immunotherapist is at St George's Hospital in London. We don't know whether he will be able to help and haven't really had a chance to talk to him yet. The surgeon we saw there arranged for us to see him just before we went away but if you read my message from then - Jan 31st I think - you will see it was rather a crazy consultation with surgeon, immunotherapist and a radiotherapist (who is trustee of a pancreatic cancer research fund). I don't think there is any chance of a cure from it yet but they are doing the research at St George's. The immunotherapist - Professor of oncology at St George's - was due to fly out of the country and we hadn't expected to be able to see him but he popped in for 5-10mins and mentioned trials of gemzar plus retinoic acid and also thalidomide. The next day there were press annoucements about their work with thalidomide but on different cancers. You may still be able to find some web pages on the news reports. I'll let you know if we find out anymore. The end of the consultation with the radiotherapist (not ours) and surgeon was concerned mainly about the fact that the cancer hadn't spread and whether they should do a core biopsy and seriously consider surgery. We went away and left messages to try to get the original FNA slide back from MD Anderson and sent to St George's (don't appear to have suceeded yet!) and the surgeon was going to talk to our chemotherapy oncologist about what to do next.

Have you considered the Johns Hopkins vaccine trials?

best wishes to you both and hope you are getting good results from the gemzar/cisplatin.

Sue

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