With all the new research being done on fighting cancer, one of the most promising areas is that of immunotherapy. Today I read that Science magazine has just named immunotherapy, which unleashes the body’s own disease-fighting cells against cancer, as the "Breakthrough of the Year". Pioneered by Dana Farber scientists, this approach to fighting cancer has shown remarkable promise. Here is a link to the DFCI report on this article: immunotherapy-for-cancer-named-breakthrough-of-the-year.
I really think this is the best hope for the future of fighting cancer. Harvesting one's immune system to fight cancer cuts right to the chase and avoids all the side effects of chemotherapy. I have blogged about this approach in the past. Here is a link to one of my previous entries on this exciting new research area: immunotherapy-research.
This immunotherapy is already showing very promising results in melanoma, kidney cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer. There is a lot of hope that this will prove to be of benefit for MM as well. I'm very hopeful that this approach will be a cure or at least a stop gap against many forms of cancer, especially Multiple Myeloma.
After the unbelievable weather we have experienced here lately, we finally got moved into our new home this week. It was quite an ordeal, but here we are. We love it! We still have some small things left to move over here. Nancy, the new owner of of Old Wharf Road, has been very accommodating, and she will allow us to put off moving some of the more difficult items such as the back deck furniture until the 4 feet of snow melts. That could be some time in April or May or June?
As for the weather here, at this point I just say "bring it on!" We have survived this far, so let's just go for the record books now. I want to look back and say we made it through the worst winter ever. So now I'm hoping for another storm or two to cement us in the historical record.
Saturday, I leave for our golf week in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. The weather forecast there isn't so great, as they have been hammered by the same Arctic weather that we have. However, golfing down there in the 40's still beats shivering up here in the teens. It's all relative. I feel bad leaving Gretchen to pick up the remaining pieces of our move while I'm gone, but there isn't much left to do.
It's all good. Fore!