Thursday, July 1, 2010

Wohoo! Vacation time

Looks like Sharon and I will be off to the deserts of Arizona looking for a really BIG ditch that people say is pretty impressive. Ya'll be kind to Lynette while I'm gone!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Found my Blog!

Hey, I found my Blog again. It's been a long time since my last post. Lots of stuff going on. The Olympics are exciting and both the U.S. and Canada are doing well. Spring seems to be wanting to get a very early start this year. It's crazy. I have to say I refuse to mow my lawn in the month of February!!! ha

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New Family member arrives

Here's "BUCK" my youngest son Chase, decided he needed a dog of his own.....Man those are some BIG paws!!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Cat's Away

Lynette is off for a few day's of rest and relaxation. Looks like she couldn't have picked a better week to get away. Of course, I can't let the opportunity pass without a little mischief. If you know of a great office practical joke I can play on her, drop me a line! I'd love to hear it!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Possible cure for melanoma found!

Having been diagnosed with Melanoma 3 different times since 1989, I was so excieted to see this
story on Thursday morning. The advances keep coming and maybe one day we will be able to
help everyone with cancer! Check it out.

From Bribart news

US doctors kill skin cancer with cloned T-cells

Jun 18 05:27 PM US/Eastern

US doctors have for the first time successfully treated a skin cancer patient with cells cloned from his own immune system, a study released Wednesday showed.
The ground-breaking treatment for advanced melanoma, or skin cancer, led to a long remission for the patient and used his own cloned infection-fighting T-cells, said doctor Cassian Yee, the lead author of the study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Yee and his associates from the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle removed CD4+ T-cells, a type of white blood cell, from a 52-year-old man whose melanoma had spread to a groin lymph node and to one of his lungs.
The melanoma was already well advanced and in stage four.
The T-cells which specifically fight melanoma were modified and expanded in the laboratory and some five billion cells were then infused into the patient, who received no other kind of treatment.
Two months later no tumors were found during scans of the patient's organs. And he has been cancer free for two years, Yee said.
"We were surprised by the anti-tumor effect of these CD4 T cells and its duration of response," Yee said. "For this patient we were successful, but we would need to confirm the effectiveness of therapy in a larger study."
It was the first ever case to show that cloned cells from a patient's own immune system can successful combat skin cancer. If further tests confirm the efficiency of the method, it could be used in some 25 percent of patients with late-stage skin cancer, the study said.
Using a patient's own immune system to combat cancer, called immunotherapy, is a growing area of research that aims to develop less-toxic cancer treatments than standard chemotherapy and radiation.
Some 160,000 cases of melanoma are diagnosed around the world every year, particularly affecting white men living in very sunny regions.
Although it usually affects the skin, in rare cases it can also infect the eyes and intestines.
According to the World Health Organization, some 48,000 people die from melanoma every year.
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