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Turned Out Nice Again

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Another treatment that is showing real promise is fasting for 2-3 days prior to chemotherapy. Preliminary results are suggesting that it allows a higher dose of chemo drugs and greater effectiveness of the drug on the cancerous cells whilst having a protective effect on healthy cells.

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Just now, the gardener said:

Another treatment that is showing real promise is fasting for 2-3 days prior to chemotherapy. Preliminary results are suggesting that it allows a higher dose of chemo drugs and greater effectiveness of the drug on the cancerous cells whilst having a protective effect on healthy cells.

Saw something recetly that suggested a 3 day fast has all sorts of health benefits. Idea being to do it say once every 4 months or so to give your body a rest, a chance to 'clean itself up'.

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12 minutes ago, Turned Out Nice Again said:

Even if the OP immunotherapy works, since it's an intensive process tailored to individual patients, it's likely to be available only in 1st world clinics and will cost a bomb.

Enriching the immune system with white cells that can target the cancer is a neat 'why didn't I think of that' idea, it is so simple an idea. Beautiful in fact. Doesn't mean it will work reliably though, as they point out.

Identifying the patient specific genetic abnormalities shouldn't take too long, neither should harvesting the subset of white cells that can attack the cancer. Scaled-up as a therapy with dedicated kit the costs should reduce.

But still a 1st world therapy, yes, or Cuba

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40 minutes ago, Hopeful said:

Enriching the immune system with white cells that can target the cancer is a neat 'why didn't I think of that' idea, it is so simple an idea. Beautiful in fact. Doesn't mean it will work reliably though, as they point out.

Identifying the patient specific genetic abnormalities shouldn't take too long, neither should harvesting the subset of white cells that can attack the cancer. Scaled-up as a therapy with dedicated kit the costs should reduce.

But still a 1st world therapy, yes, or Cuba

Cue endless articles in the media about how evil Tory cuts to our wonderful NHS mean that hospitals can't afford to give the treatment to everyone fresh off the boat from Dover. 

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