Dr. Johanna Bendell on Fox and Friends Discussing Promising New Cancer Therapies

Dr. Johanna Bendell on Fox and Friends Discussing Promising New Cancer Therapies


20 minutes after the hour here’s what’s coming up a huge breakthrough in the fight against cancer like a treatment that’s outperforming chemo and it’s about to get even better we’ll take a look at three new advances this year. 25 minutes now after the hour 2015 have seen some major groundbreaking cancer discoveries the most in decades with the treatment that’s outperforming even chemo. get this here to explain the three new advances you need to know is Dr. Johanna Bendell from the Sarah Cannon Research Institute Dr. Bendell welcome back. thank you so much. so much is happening positive against cancer and I can’t believe that’s happening in our lifetime first off replacing chemo with immunotherapy? yes this is so exciting this is a concept we’ve been doing research on for years and years trying to get the body itself to attack the cancer. all of us at any time have cancer in our bodies but the immune system will attack it but as cancers start to grow they hide themselves from the immune system and we found a way to stop them from hiding from the immune system. so you’re turning outsmart them. you’re having a lot of success with this. it is a shot rather than a treatment that’s debilitating, correct? correct. most of my patients that are on immunotherapies who have had chemotherapy say are you actually giving me treatment because even though there’s side effects much less than chemotherapy. so when you talk about getting your system to attack the cancer, which you want out, is it for example if your system is stronger than mine might you have more success since since humans are so different in terms of our resistance? humans are definitely different but certainly when that immune system finds a target it will go after it full force. and what kind of a price are we talking about? they are expensive. the ones that have been approved recently are showing a cost difference but we’re also talking about improvement potentially in years of survival for patients with cancer. so if my if my doctor says we’re going to give you chemo and you have cancer should I say I’m at the wrong doctor? do I have to bring up to the doctor this immunotherapy that I saw on Fox and Friends, or will they know this? most of the cancer doctors will know about this. we have agents that are FDA-approved but it never hurts to ask. okay great. now targeted therapies how does that differ? so this is different in that we’re starting more and more to look at individual tumors and look at mutations in those tumors that make them function as cancers. and so what we can do is have medicines that specifically attack those abnormalities in the cancer cells and kill the cancer so sometimes you can have pills that go after a lung cancer? yes, yes that’s one of the most famous ones. they’re called ALK inhibitors and they’re pills that attack the lung cancer and widely improve survival. so doctor also you have blood based cancer therapies that are giving us a reason to feel encouraged. yes the leukemias and lymphomas patients with those types of treatments or those types of cancers have amazing new treatments that are available both using the immune system and targeted therapies to cure more patients. do you sense if there’s pressure on the pharmaceutical companies now to bring down the prices into a way in which the consumer can afford the insurance companies will pay? there’s definitely pressure that’s happening but we also have to think of the money it cost to develop these drugs and so there’s a happy medium somewhere there and I think that the government and I think the pharmaceutical companies will work together because in the end it’s the patient that matters. there’s a sense that sometimes the best treatment is in the major cities. wow well you know you have a cancer we’re gonna get you out of Iowa, we’re gonna pull you out of Idaho, I’m going to bring you to New York City. is that still the case? not necessarily. there’s a lot of different research mechanisms that are going on where we can bring those trials to the patients in their hometowns. alright so we’ve brought you good news two days in a row about cancer and the encouraging word it has not been that case for the longest time. Doctor Johanna Bendele thanks so much for joining us thank you alright great news. we’re like two minutes before the bottom of the hour coming up straight ahead

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