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The Oxford Cancer Centre
in Cambridge are both conducting Phase 1 trials of the PLX4032/RO4987655
"superdrug" for patients with advanced MM.
Just in case you hadn't heard, CRUK have sequenced a complete melanoma genome, and found 33,000 mutations, confirming the "multi-hit" nature of cancer causation. More
A fellow melanoma patient asked me this week about the UK trial of a new anti-melanoma drug, a MEK inhibitor called RO4987655. Here's a clinical trial in the UK
of the drug. The drug gave complete remission in an animal study, and side-effects are not too bad
. It has a similar mode of action to the PLX4032
drug which is giving such hope. Sounds worth a shot.
Labels: Clinical, inhibitor, MEK, RO4987655, Trial
A concerned friend of a melanoma patient has written to me to ask about naturopathy in general and a naturopath called Etienne Callebout in particular. Of course naturopathy is little more than systematised quackery
, but let's have a quick look at the things Callebout's publicity says he uses to treat cancer:714X
- QuackeryBovine cartilage
- you get the idea.Wobe-Mugos
enzymes - worthlessGlandulars
- senselessGreen tea
can be a nice drink, but does not cure cancer.Iscador
-is a trade name for mistletoe extract which "has no proven benefit and can cause harm"Flaxseed oil
- extremely questionableMaitake
- extremely questionableShark cartilage
- QuackeryHomeopathic remedies
- there are no such things
A quick glance over the 'net shows that these are just a small selection from Callebout's extensive arsenal of nice little earners. Cancer Patients Beware
Labels: etienne callebout, naturopathy, quack