RE: Need Cancer Treatments

From: Don Klemencic (
Date: Wed Mar 22 2000 - 21:42:20 MST


The item I've pasted after you're your note was posted by Spudboy on
03/10/00. It's about a treatment for lung cancer, but maybe it could be used
with breast cancer as well. Just in case you missed it. I hope your sister
is successfully treated.

Don Klemencic

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Subject: Need Cancer Treatments

Hey Everyone
    My sister has breast cancer and now it's spread to her ribs and possibly
the spine and the doctor says the clock is really ticking now so we're
looking for any kind of last hope here some kind of experimental treatment
something. Does anyone know of ANYTHING that can help us out here?
Something that may offer some hope. One last Hail Mary. Any information
will be *greatly* appreciated.
    Thank You So Much To Anyone Who Contributes, Eric
Date: Posted 3/10/2000

New Procedure Destroys Lung Cancer In China Study
JACKSON, Mississippi, U.S.A.-All of the PET scans were crystal clear. Every
cancer cell was killed in the targeted zones where lung tumors once had
The news was everything that was hoped for by Dr. Patrick Sewell, an
assistant professor of radiology and surgery at the University of
Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) in Jackson, Miss. The results of his China
study confirmed the medical viability of his new pioneering surgical
All nine follow-up PET scans indicate this new procedure is killing 100
percent of targeted tumors, Sewell said in a March 7 press conference at the
medical center. His final surgery was completed the night of March 3 in
Guangzhou (pronounced "gwan-zO"), China, just before his return to Jackson
from the 16-day-trip.
These findings could give lung cancer patients a favorable alternative to
traditional treatments and change the way lung cancer surgery is performed
Sewell developed the interventional radiology procedure-called
radiofrequency of the lung tumor ablation-and is considered the world's
authority on it. He performed it for the first time in the world at UMC
about a year ago. The Guangzhou, China, Study marked the first time the
procedure's effectiveness on primary tumors was tested and the first time
follow-up PET scans were performed.
"It's so good for the patients," Sewell explained, "that they can be treated
so completely, so quickly, so safely and so cheaply with this procedure.
"It makes perfect scientific sense," he added. "But, emotionally, it's
beyond belief to see patients come in and go so quickly and their tumors are
treated. Even as much as I believe in this procedure, it's still hard to
Dr. Ralph Vance, an oncologist and UMC professor of medicine, said, "In the
20 years I've been treating cancer, this procedure has the potential for
being the greatest thing that's ever come about."
Vance accompanied Sewell on the first trip to China, in October, and
designed the protocols for the surgeries in the latest trip, which
officially is named the Guangzhou, China, Study.
The procedure kills cancer with a radiofrequency (hot) probe, which is
inserted into tumors and guided by interventional CAT scan images. Within a
day or two after their surgeries, all of the China patients had follow-up
PET (positron-emission tomography) scans, which detect metabolic activity in
live cells, such as cancer cells.
The successful results also came earlier than expected in the process.
"Initially, we were going to do some of the PET scans early and some in
about four months because we didn't know if the immediate scans would
provide clear evidence of killed (cancer) cells," said Dr. Thomas Lawson, a
pathologist and director of clinical affairs for Radio Therapeutics Corp.,
the U.S. company that manufacturers the probe. "After all, nobody had ever
seen a PET scan on thermally treated lung tissue, until now.
"But the results were conclusive," Lawson added, so all of the PET scans
were conducted immediately. "There's no reason to wait." Radio Therapeutics
paid for the PET scans, which cost $2,000 each.
The Guangzhou, China, Study ideally was to have 10 patients. Sewell saved
the 10th patient position for Jackson. He will perform the study's 10th
surgery at UMC in the next several weeks.
The study's aim was to prove this procedure kills both metastasized (cancer
that has spread) and primary (non-metastasized) tumors of the lung. Only
tumors that were isolated and surrounded by healthy tissue qualified for the
study, so follow-up PET scans could clearly evaluate the treated area.
The first PET scan result came in Feb. 26. It showed no metabolic activity
in the tumor area treated, nor in the area immediately surrounding the
tumor, which also was treated. That indicated all cancer was killed in the
targeted zone, Sewell explained then. "There is increased metabolic
activity, however, around the dead tumor's location, which is a natural
result of the thermal injury" to healthy (non-cancerous) tissue. "This is
exactly what we would expect to see," he said Feb. 26. That ring of
metabolic activity around the treated zone was caused by healing of the area
heated by the probe.
In the year Sewell has performed this procedure at UMC, all but one of his
American patients had metastasized lung cancer. One, who underwent surgery
shortly before the China trip began, had primary lung cancer. In the United
States, primary lung cancer traditionally is treated with conventional
surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation.
Among the nine Chinese patients: five had primary tumors with no indications
of metastasis, two had primary lung tumors with metastasis and two had
metastasized cancer that had spread to the lung from other locations.
The nine patients, who ranged and age from 38 to 78, had surgeries that
lasted from 40 minutes to 4 3/4 hours. Four were women. All were Chinese.
Their tumors ranged in size from a dime to a grapefruit.
No China patient required general anesthesia. Eight were treated with local
anesthesia and one was treated with local anesthesia and heavy sedation.
In Sewell's procedure, there is less trauma to the body and a much shorter
recovery period than for conventional surgery or chemotherapy. His procedure
is much less expensive than conventional surgery and/or chemotherapy. After
his procedure, patients usually go home within a day or two.
Five of the Chinese patients underwent surgery at the Tumor Hospital of
Guangzhou. The other four had their surgeries at one of three Shanghai
hospitals. He also lectured physicians in Beijing, Xi'an, Guangzhou and
Shanghai. As few as a dozen and as many as five bus loads of Chinese
physicians observed each of Sewell's procedures.
"We're naming the study for Guangzhou because they were the most
enthusiastic and they found the most and the best patients for the study,"
Sewell said. "The also are a hospital devoted to the treatment of tumors."



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