Category Archive: Immunotherapies (IL-2, IL-15, PD-1s, etc.)


A new IL-15 side effect: Mindfreak

May 20, 2012 - 9 Comments

I can inform you that I made it though the two-week hospitalization at NCI without any organ failure, hallucinations or cavities. That said, I was surprised by the lingering, and sometimes new, side effects of the drug.

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A brief history and explanation of IL-15

May 3, 2012 - 14 Comments

Last week I touched briefly on the differences between IL-2 and IL-15, but I wanted to follow up [...]

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The biology of interleukin-2 and interleukin-15: Implications for cancer therapy and vaccine design

May 3, 2012 - Add Comment

A brief summary of a medical article authored by the National Cancer Institute's Thomas Waldmann, [...]

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Life at NIH: Side effects are manageable, daytime TV is not

April 30, 2012 - 9 Comments

Entering the second week of in-house hospitalization at the National Institutes of Health, our hero [...]

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Of Porn and Natural Killer Cells: The Mean Streets of the National Institutes of Health

April 25, 2012 - 14 Comments

IL-15 is a cousin of IL-2, but it is believed to be more targeted than the latter. Both drugs are [...]

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The burden of uncertainty and the search for a new cancer treatment

April 3, 2012 - 32 Comments

What do the doctors say? That’s what people keep asking us now that Chris’s third treatment [...]


Goodbye MDX-1106, Hello Sutent

September 9, 2011 - 6 Comments

Today, we learned that Chris’s disease has progressed again – that while the MDX-1106 perhaps [...]

Heavy Drinkers, Radiologists and Blurry CT Scans

September 7, 2011 - 1 Comment

Dena and I approach Thursday's CT scan with a new level of apprehension, due to some things we've [...]

Ever Get a Punch Biopsy?

July 29, 2011 - 1 Comment

The doctor stuck me with a needle to inject some topical anesthesia, which felt like a little hornet [...]

Latest Scans Show Good News, Bad News

June 30, 2011 - 2 Comments

Dena and I were disappointed with what we heard today. All of the tumors have grown to some degree [...]

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