Re: Survival Rates For Metas [00323] Medicine On Line

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Re: Survival Rates For Metas

        Reply to:   RE>Survival Rates For Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

I am a new patient coordinator at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston,
MA.  I coordinate appointments for bone marrow/stem cell transplants.  We have
several protocols for metastatic breast cancer that involve high-dose therapy
with stem cell/marrow support.  All of our transplants are autologous, meaning
we reinfuse the marrow and peripheral stem cells of the paIf you are
interested in getting more information you can call our main number at (617)
632-3339.  Another route to take is to contact the NCI (National Cancer
Institute).  They have listings of all the facilities that are currently doing

Date: 6/24/96 1:27 AM
To: Kristen Juliani
My wife is considering a bone marrow / blood stem cell transplant. She has
just finished 6 months chemotherapy consisting of 90 mg/m2 of adriamycin( per
treatment) and 175   mg/m2 of taxol(per treatment). Her cancer has spread
quite extensively into her bones.  The oncologist has said that she has
responded extremely well to the chemotherapy     and now wants to put my wife
on a maintenance dosage of  the taxol for another 3 or 4  months. While we
understand that no one can pinpoint exactly how much time the chemo has
"bought" her, we need an estimate/range (minimum to maximum) based on
 patients with a similar diagnosis(metastatic breast cancer) and a similar if
not identical  type of chemotherapy regimen.We desperately need this
information so that a decision  can be made regarding the transplant.Our only
other request would be the names of some of the best transplant centers in
the United States and elsewhere, based on having specific protocols for my
wife's condition and on having the highest success rates(cure or at least
long term remission).My wife is 39 years old.Please respond asap.

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