Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma in the news

1. Jessica Roark passed away in August - there are several posts about her story on this blog. Her parents have been dealing with her affairs, including her student loans, since that time. Their story on how the loans have finally been resolved was on ABC:
College Loan Forgiveness: When Student Dies, Should Parents Have to Pay?
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/college-loan-forgiveness-student-dies-parents-pay/story?id=12886093
I am so sorry to hear that her parents have had to not only go through their terrible loss, but deal with such a stressful time from Wells Fargo Bank.

2. An announcement of an open access research article:
Combined treatment of adenoid cystic carcinoma with cetuximab and IMRT plus C12 heavy ion boost: ACCEPT [Acc, Erbitux and particle therapy]
The article is in BMC Cancer: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2407/11/70
The research is led by a team from the University of Heidelberg. I checked to see if their study is listed in Clinical Trials. gov - and found it (though it is not yet open to recruiting subjects):
http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01192087

Contacts for the study are listed, as well as a really good reading list (down towards the bottom of the page) on research that has been published on treating this rare cancer.

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