Friday, September 8, 2017

Wait A Minute, Back Up Please!

A new study shows "How a Chemo Drug Can Help Cancer Spread from the Breast to the Lungs". Really? How does that work? Why are they telling me now instead of before chemo?

"Researchers at The Ohio State University studied the cascade of events that lead to metastatic cancer and found clues to why it happens, opening up the possibility of one day interfering with the medication's downsides while preserving its cancer-fighting properties in breast tissue.

The front-line chemotherapy drug paclitaxel sets off a variety of molecular-level changes that allow breast cancer cells to escape from the tumor. At the same time, it creates an environment in the lung that is more hospitable to the cancer cells, facilitating the spread of the disease, the researchers found in a mouse model of breast cancer."

I know chemo drugs are strong which is why they are used to kill cancer cells. But this is just really bad. Why? Because the 'other name for paclitaxel is Taxol. Which I had. Thanks for that push back on the cancer roller coaster. 

And then there is this little disclaimer at the bottom that's supposed to make us feel better.

"She said it's important to recognize that the cancer cells in the study's mouse model are very aggressive and that it would be interesting to test whether paclitaxel also enhances the escape of cancer cells at earlier stages in cancer progression."

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