I was diagnosed in 2006 with primary cardiac sarcoma. I have since had open heart surgery and an autotranplant followed by chemotherapy. I have not had local recurrence but was diagnosed with a dual metastisis to my adrenal glands in February. I am undergoing chemotherapy again with Ifex and I am just wondering how close we may be to the use of newer therapies for rarer cancers. Are there current therapies available and being tested. In general, its hard being a young adult with cancer, but even harder when the cancer is rare and answers are few.
Rare cancers are a challenge, especially for a young person that has so much else going on in their lives.Many of the newer therapies are considered targeted therapy.Targeted therapies take advantage of the ways the cancer cells are different from normal cells.Different sarcomas respond differently to targeted therapies so the type of sarcoma you have will determine which therapy you may benefit from.In addition, the pathology specimens of the tumors that were surgically removed from you can be stained for some of these targets.
Dr. Anna Franklin
Posted: 11 Jun 2009 01:19 PM Originally Posted: 11 Jun 2009 01:20 PM