REPORT OF PATRICK SWAYZE PANCREATIC CANCER REMINDS ABOUT OPERA STAR MARILYN HORNE SURGERY AND GETTING PANCREATIC CANCER VACCINE AT JOHNS HOPKINS
The report that Patrick Swayze may have some form of pancreatic cancer is one of a number of recent celebrities said to have pancreatic cancer. Besides Swayze, Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne have had it. Besides surgery for her cancer, Marilyn Horne, the renowned opera diva has received a pancreatic cancer vaccine at John Hopkins Medical Center. The results of the pancreas ca vaccine and surgery together are encouraging.The pancreatic cancer vaccine is designed to enlist the immune system in the fight against pancreatic cancer.
This vaccine is designed for people who already have pancreatic cancer. Usually most vaccines are designed as prophylaxis but this one is to help the body attack the disease."Now declared free of pancreatic cancer two years after diagnosis, Marilyn Horne adds another milestone to her long list of accolades: "Prima donna and survivor." Horne,who has never discussed her experimental cancer treatment publicly said she wanted to talk about it to help others facing the same illness".
"Horne began receiving the injections of lab-grown pancreatic cancer cells in early 2007, after surgery to remove the tumor. The vaccine has been genetically modified with an immune-boosting gene to tackle any lingering malignant cells. "Essentially, the vaccine teaches the immune system to recognize those pancreas cancer cells as being foreign and attack them specifically," says Dr. Daniel Laheru, a Johns Hopkins oncologist leading the study. "Her most important treatment was the surgery, but we hope the vaccine is additional insurance against recurrence."