If you’re a tech geek, you probably read the webcomic xkcd.
If you’re not, you may not have heard of it. The cartoonist, Randall Munroe, made his doodles public in 2005. His tagline for the xkcd: “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”
However, many of his cartoons might be better thought of as infographics. This is one of them.
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Breast, colon, lung and hematological cancers “have high rates” of acquired resistance to chemotherapy drugs, including aromatase inhibitors for breast cancer. This phenomena, multiple drug resistance (MDR), is a major impediment to long-term cancer treatment.
That makes this research, published online December 6, 2017, groundbreaking.
[We] present the important in vitro discovery that the development of MDR (in breast cancer cells) can be prevented, and that established MDR could be resensitized to therapy, by adjunct treatment with metformin (emphasis added).
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Thirty percent of surveyed women with breast cancer reported skipping additional treatment following surgery.
The implication: these women were irrational.
Although the research paper was released in November, these women were diagnosed with cancer a decade ago, 2005-2007, and the data were collected almost a decade ago, 2007-2009.
Perhaps the most egregious part of this research is that it treats “breast cancer” as a singular disease rather than the extremely heterogenous entity that it is. And how relevant are the findings to today’s patient given the age of the data?
Continue reading “Were these women irrational when they rejected adjuvant breast cancer treatment?”
After seven treatments (21 to go) at Seattle Proton Therapy Center, I’ve learned patience and humor are key.
I keep reminding myself that there’s a particle accelerator somewhere “up there” and that the physics alone should make this awesome. But awesome doesn’t keep the blood flowing to my left arm when I’m stuck in an awkward “don’t move” position for a half-hour while the techs coax the machine out of a work stoppage!
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It’s not really day one, because that was two weeks earlier, when I had my initial visit and setup.
This is day one of my proton therapy treatment. There are 27 to go.
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