Posted 12/13/2015 1:37 PM (GMT -7)
Th for the link, and these approaches are interesting and hopeful. And just as we have recently seen with Jimmy Carter, I have a feeling that immune system approaches are going to be a big part of the future. I just hope it will be in time to help participants in this forum, but I feel sure someday it will help someone.
A couple of thoughts about this study. First, "the study, which was conducted between 1999 and 2003". Wow, 12 years ago. Is this the normal time involved to get results published? Of course you need the 5 years to compute survival rates, but this was 12-16 years ago.
Also, I saw this in the comments section from a Larry B. :
"Without randomized assignment into treatment and control groups, these researchers basically wasted a lot of time and money. That omission was basically ridiculous: Note the vague statements about how this treatment was 5% to 20% better than usual. If it was 5% better than their control group, with 30+ subjects per group, they may not have even achieved statistical significance....that is, this outcome may have been no better than chance. So now someone has to re-do the very same research, and the simple fact of getting funding and approval for that will guarantee it won't be done for many, many months.".
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