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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma in the news

Here is a research article (free to read, open access) from China, as published in the Journal of Translational Medicine: Inhibiting adenoid cystic carcinoma cells growth and metastasis by blocking the expression of ADAM 10 using RNA interference. The article says that research concluded that ADAM 10 is "potentially an important therapeutic target for the prevention of tumor metastases" in ACC.
I am glad they are doing this in vitro research (conducted on cells provided by the Peking University School of Stomatology), and greatly respect all scientists' efforts to reach a solution. The stepping stones research like this builds may someday lead to different treatments for our type of cancer.

But speaking as a child of the 60's and 70's - I really wish the protein they were looking for was
ADAM 12.

I haven't found many news stories about ACC in the past few months. If you see one, please send it to me at


charchar said...

Hi Ms. Cheeky

You are not alone in this battle.I am 35 years old,mother of 3 kids and was diagnosed last year on my right parotid gland. Now I have mets on my right ilium,and some nodules on my lungs... To me, the hardest battle is not the physical pain, but the depression that comes along with this condition.. Facing the unknown is my worst fear...

Teresa Hartman said...

Thank you for your post, and I am glad to meet you (but sorry that we share this reason). Fighting the depression is a biggie. I know that cancer (and actually, most things in life) have the power to put me into a fetal position in my living room floor. I figure each day that I pull myself together and go out and face what I need to do is a win. And when the "world is too much with me", I have taken to listening to music, or making necklaces or driving. I sure hope you have the chance and support to go off and do something for just you.

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