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Jan 26, 2006

Comments About Intra-abdominal Chemotherapy

Comments About Intra-abdominal Chemotherapy
Gregory D. Pawelski has sent the following comment regarding the recent blog posting related to intra abdominal chemotherapy of ovarian cancer. You can read this post here.

Dear Editor

In reply to your January 6th article "Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy Improves Survival In Ovarian Cancer," it could be an indication of the "Right Therapy" but the "Wrong Drugs."

The hallmark of cancer is heterogeneity. Not just many types of cancer, but many subtypes of cancer within a given type. The biologies are very different and the response to given drugs is very different.

The hallmark of cancer treatment is heterogeneity. There are currently over 100 FDA approved cancer drugs, with hundreds more in the pipeline. All of these drugs tend to be partially effective, and even then, in only a minority of cases, and often for only a short duration of time.

The single most neglected area of cancer research has been the development of methods and technologies to be "matchmakers" between individual cancer with individual cancer treatment.

The single most neglected area of cancer treatment has been the unwillingness to utilize the matchmaker technologies which have already been developed and available. These technologies involve studies of cancer cell responses to drug exposure in cell culture systems, "outside" of the patient's body, before they are put "into" the patient's body.

With only 42% of the women being able to finish the rather arduous trial, perhaps abdominal chemo is the right therapy, but they were using the wrong drugs? Test the tumor first!

Gregory D. Pawelski

Janet      Permalink

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