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Publisher’s Word: Rectal Cancer Clinical Trial Yields Amazing 100% Remission!

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A small clinical trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) on patients involving immunotherapy has shown remarkable results.

Sascha Roth remembers receiving a phone call on a Friday evening at her home in Washington, D.C.  She was packing to go to New York to undergo radiation therapy for rectal cancer.  The call was from her medical oncologist, Dr. Andrea Cercek, who said that the latest tests showed no evidence of cancer.  Sascha had gone thru six months of treatment as a patient in a clinical trial at MSK.

There was a 100% rate of remission of rectal cancer, and it would be repeated for all the 14 people in the clinical trial for patients with rectal cancer with a particular mutation.  These results are so impressive that they were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in June 2022.

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Dr. Luis Diaz, Jr., a medical oncologist, and the co-investigator on the trial said, “It’s really exciting!  I think this is a great step forward for patients.” Dr. Cercek explained, “Our first duty is to save our patient’s life… They can suffer life-altering bowel and bladder dysfunction, incontinence, infertility, sexual dysfunction, and more.” Read the rest of this exciting story inside.

Great news – This is a world first: a human liver was treated in a machine then successfully transplanted.  The Liver4Life research team owes its perfusion machine, which was developed in house, to the fact that it became possible to implant a human organ into a patient after a storage period of three days outside a body. The machine mimics the human body as accurately as possible, in order to provide ideal conditions for the human livers.

The article on the first transplantation of a liver prepared in a perfusion machine was published in one of the most renowned scientific journals, Nature Biotechnology, on May 31, 2022. “Our therapy shows that by treating livers in the perfusion machine, it is possible to alleviate the lack of functioning human organs and save lives,” explains Prof. Pierre-Alain Clavien, Director of the Department of Visceral Surgery and Transplantation at the University Hospital Zurich (USZ) Read more inside.

As June is the Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association is revealing insights from people living with early-stage dementia and what they wish others knew about living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. 

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Many Americans struggle with what to say and do when a family member, friend, co-worker, or neighbor is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The shock of someone revealing a dementia diagnosis can leave many at a loss for how to engage.

The Alzheimer’s Association recently asked those living with early-stage Alzheimer’s and other dementia what they want others to know about living with disease. They shared six things.  Read more inside.

Congratulations! – The Associate Degree of Nursing program at Texas Southmost College has officially been named a fully approved, accredited program by the Texas Board of Nursing.  This has been the goal since the program’s inception at the college in 2019.

To receive this status from the Texas Board of Nursing, the program had to meet all rules, regulations and stipulations set by the board of nursing, including a National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rate of 80% or better.  Read the rest inside.


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