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June 29, 2007



Hi Dina, I've always followed your Guardian pieces with real interest and considerable wonder at your strength and good humour. I'm now having to cope with a husband recently diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer at 47 and we have five school age children. You're absolutely right, this cancer thing is so difficult to classify (as die from or live having been "cured"). The docs are looking forward to it being a chronic disease you live with rather than immediately die from (even when there is no stage V). But it is not so easy to live from day to day when most of us have a life needs some planning - even when you next going to able to go to the shops/on holiday.
Chin up, your ups and downs help so much when we're down to think there may be ups in the future.

Dina rabinovitch

Oh Pippa - I am so very sorry to hear this - it is a very hard thing for you and your family to be coping with.


Huge congratulations on the £50000 - it's an amazing achievement. And - I've been distracted all day trying to solve your crossword clue! Did you mean two words, five and seven letters? Do let me know if you solved it, or got any other letters. Could the first word be "false"?
I think of you often.


We reckon that the famouse controversy is:


But there's five of us here and we can't get it. And it's getting dangerously close to tomorrow when the answers are out!


cause celebre methinks


Dear Dina regarding drug resistance.I thought you might be interested in this published work that I have come across.
It has been suggested (Borst P et al 2002 Annu Rev Biochem 71:537-92) that during chemotherapy, the MDR1-gene confers multi drug resistance by acting as a pump to remove toxic compounds out of the cell. Furthermore in an article by Bachg and Haselhorst (Townsend letter for Doctors and Patients June 2007)
the addition of a particular type of fermented soy - Haelan 951 (Haelan Products Washington USA) - could reduce the expression of the MDR1-gene suggesting the same anti-cancer effect could be had whilst reducing the likelihood of drug resistance - and making it possible to REDUCE the chemotherapy dose (using Doxorubicin in this example) when combined with the Haelan 951.

Kind regards David

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I do agree with you.


The programme's really about herceptin and growing resistant to it, which feels kind of last-yearish to me - I'm worrying about getting resistant to tykerb now. But while we were talking, I realised that what's really new with cancer is this sense of living longer. So, for example, right now, the other mothers at school - most of whom haven't seen me for several weeks now - have no sense of what kind of illness this is. Is this cancer you die from? Recover from? And the truth is I don't know either, and none of the medical people answer these questions either. This is the unknown of now - so everybody just says, take each day as it comes.

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