Combidex scanning is in jeopardy, the contrast agent (non FDA) is stopped~Here is Dr. Strum trying..

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zufus
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   Posted 4/9/2010 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
A small grass roots movement is being currently undertaken to either allow and get a sustitute agent used elsewhere right now and can work with this or get the FDA to hopefully  approved this contrast agent used in these types of scans, which are superior to any scans being used (sold) in the USA. You might as well hear this public web information that Dr. Strum has from P2P, this is part of what was written and not meant to be taken out of any context. I myself support his efforts and his wisdom(s) about PCa, and seeing him as being amongest the brightness in the land of darkness and under educated.
<this his words below- to others on the internet>
All,

I have 297 names & contact information relating
to patients and/or loved ones willing and anxious
to be part of a pro-active movement to advance
imaging in PC (prostate cancer).  A man cannot be
intelligently treated with the hope of control of
PC unless we can assess his true STATUS as to
where the PC is.  Why bother to select a RP or
Cryo or a Seed Implant or HIFU if imaging
techniques reveal metastases to the
lymph
nodes
?  What's the point in doing prostate bed RT
after PSA recurrence (PSAR) following RP, Cryo or
HIFU if there are nodes in the pelvis or beyond
that are not being treated by the typical
radiation field used in PSAR following these kinds of local procedures?

My goal was to obtain 200 names but now I want
more.  There are 9 million men with PC in the USA
today and likely 81 million PC patients + loved
ones.  There are 50,000 members of Us Too,
International, 30,000 or so names of PC patients
and PC-related physicians in the PCRI database,
and I would guess at least 25,000 names in the
PAACT (Patient Advocates for Advanced Cancer Treatments, Inc) database.

---->  Why cannot those officers within these
groups act in unison to make this effort to bring
Combidex to the PC patient around the world a
reality?  This could be a grass-roots movement
that not only will change the level of imaging
from the crude and highly insensitive yet costly
CT pelvis + CT abdomen to the much more accurate
methodology of nano-particle-based imaging using
iron particles as a contrast agent for MRI.

Think about how ridiculous it is to have to fight
so hard for a contrast agent (not a chemo drug
but a contrast agent) to advance the evaluation
and CORRECT treatment of men with PC. Think of
how so much emphasis has been focused on
healthcare costs (HCC), and yet men are subjected
INAPPROPRIATELY for RP, RT, CRYO, HIFU at various
stages of their illness when nano-particle-based
imaging can enhance accuracy and hence efficacy
while reducing the occurrence of  misdirected
treatments that have resulted from
unsophisticated staging of  metastases. This is
billions of dollars each year--WASTED + the
opportunities to truly control cancer--LOST.   (end of his words-mine are below)
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Probably more than you wanted to hear as a patient under treatment(s), so is the current medical system dealing in our best interests or their own best interests, first?????  Question everything in your own journey is probably in your best interests...this is just one example of reasons to consider why PCa is the way it is.  Anyone herein feel there overall assessment on their case of PCa is 100% perfect or even remotely close to that?  Well you can hope that it is, but was is the fact.  Only a messenger here.

Youth is wasted on the Young-(W.C. Fields)

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