Wednesday, November 26, 2008

California Cancer Study

Hmmm. What to do, what to do? I've been looking into this lately, although not as well as I ought to have been.
VACCINE THERAPY

Vaccine Therapy.

The vaccine, consisting of either irradiated autologous tumor cells injected with 500 mcg GM-CSF, or dendritic cells that have been incubated with irradiated autologous tumor cells with 500 mcg GM-CSF, is given subcutaneously once a week for 3 weeks, then once a month for up to 5 months (total of 6 months of treatment). Patients will receive a maximum of 8 vaccination doses. All vaccine therapy will be given in the outpatient clinic at the Hoag Cancer Center, Newport Beach, California.


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Evaluations.

Radiographic evaluation with MRI, PET scan and/or CT scans will take place at baseline and then every 6 months for 4 years, then once at 5 years and 6 years from entry.

Vaccine Therapy Overview (abbreviated)



INFORMATION FOR POTENTIAL PATIENTS

Vaccine therapy is provided to patients free of charge, however all other study related costs are the responsibility of the patient, including approximately $275 for the tumor accession kit, and $1800 for the Cell Biology Laboratory for tumor tissue cryopreservation. Additional costs may be incurred for physician consultation and study related visits, monthly laboratory tests (which MUST be done at Hoag), radiology scans performed before, during and after vaccine therapy, as well as any additional testing or medical care needed during the course of vaccine therapy.
I had a visit with Dr. Amatruda again today and we discussed this a bit. I have also been trying to mull over the insurance and logistics. And apparently I should also try to give a call to Dr. Sielaff.

Given this upcoming busy weekend, I'd best "take it with me".

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