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A Tribute To David Tang

Emma Weymouth pays tribute to her close friend and Shanghai Tang founder David Tang: a brilliant man who was loved so much and will be missed by so many


THERE are no words to do justice to David Tang, and as I write I can imagine him scoffing, correcting my grammar and blasting me with a one-liner to well and truly put me in my place. Always keeping us on our toes, one step ahead and ready at the drop of a hat to say something shocking at the top of his booming voice, outrageous enough to reduce a room full of his esteemed guests to a quivering mass of raucous laughter. Among countless other attributes, we loved him for his ruthless sense of humour – if you told him you’d lost 10 pounds, he would look you calmly in the eye and say, “What, sterling?” then chuckle with his familiar grin and happy snort. He was certainly the funniest, most intelligent and supremely generous friend any of us will ever have.

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This week we lost one of the greats. A wit like no other, a philanthropist and businessman who could outdo us all, whether quoting Plato, playing a piano concerto with elegance and showmanship, or retelling one of the world’s naughtiest jokes in Chinese. On arriving at China Tang one Sunday evening for a late dinner, my husband Ceawlin and I happened upon David, who invited us to join his table, full of familiar faces. A few moments later, Tom Jones stood up and serenaded us all with his rendition of “Kiss”, to the delight of everyone.

David was a maker of magic, literally and figuratively. I remember an afternoon at his and his wife Lucy’s idyllic coastal country house in Sai Kung, Hong Kong, and no matter how hard David tried, one of his old classic card tricks kept failing to work. This enraged him beyond belief, but made the day even more entertaining.

Edward Tang, David’s son, and I met on our first day at UCL, and stuck together for our three-year History of Art course. We have remained firm friends ever since. Ed is godfather to our son John, and I have always adored him, but never have I been prouder of him or loved him more than I do now. This after all is not only a tribute to David, but also to his wonderful family, who have doted on him, held his hand and comforted him up to his last breath. Lucy has been his rock, and was the blood in his veins. Stoical to the last, she has faithfully supported David and calmly kept on top of everything, whilst navigating an emotional rollercoaster too terrible to imagine. The support, too, of David’s beloved and talented daughter Victoria has been unparalleled, with her husband Chris and beautiful baby Rocco alongside, providing the tenderness and companionship any of us would wish for during our last moments in this life.

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The light that shone from David inspired us all, and can never be extinguished. I can think of no one else who has brought such immeasurable joy to so many of our lives, with the driving force of a Superman and the energy of 50. Even when his health began to fade, his mind remained robust to the very last. The China Exchange, an ideas space that David founded as a “dynamic centre of excellence in Chinatown”, will continue to host varied and thought-provoking events, just as he intended. At his farewell party, the many embraces of his cherished friends will be the lasting symbol of the adoration and admiration we feel for him – an irreplaceable soul. We will celebrate him, treasure our precious memories of him and keep him with us in our hearts forever.

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16 HIFU for Prostate Cancer Treatment Pros and Cons

The high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment for prostate cancer offers a non-invasive therapeutic technique which features non-ionizing ultrasonic waves that will heat tissues in the body. This process is useful when increasing the flow of blood or lymph fluid is necessary to create a positive impact on the cancer.

When a man goes through this procedure, then sound waves are used to create temperatures as high as 90°F that can kill the cancer cells in just seconds. Your physician would use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with the ultrasound imaging to know where the exact location of the tumor is. That gives them the opportunity to point the sound waves in the right direction.

Although surgery is not required for this treatment, it can create pain because of the heat. You will receive anesthesia and shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. You will then have a catheter placed to catch any urine while the doctors are working. Then the ultrasound probe is placed into the rectum to send the sound waves to where they need to go.

If you have been diagnosed with this condition and are looking for alternative treatment options, then these are the pros and cons of the HIFU procedure for prostate cancer.

List of the Pros of the HIFU Treatment for Prostate Cancer

1. HIFU is approved by the FDA for treatment of prostate cancer.
Although the high-intensity focused ultrasound procedure was hanging in limbo for several years waiting for regulatory approval, it is now available to men in the United States when they receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer. There are two systems currently available that can treat tumors or destroy diseased tissue, making it a useful option for many men. Medicare has already agreed to cover the treatment with their coverage protocol as well, which should impact its level of availability in the near future.

2. It doesn’t take long to produce the results that you want.
The HIFU treatment option takes four hours or less to successfully deal with the prostate cancer. Some patients can have their procedure completed in 60 minutes because of how effective it is. Before you can have it done, your doctor will want you to have an enema to ensure that your bowels are empty. There is also a restriction in place that you cannot eat or drink anything for at least six hours before having the operation.

3. HIFU has fewer side effects for guys than other prostate cancer treatments.
There are far fewer side effects associated with this prostate cancer treatment than the others which are currently available right now. One of the most difficult issues that is associated with HIFU involves having trouble getting an erection for the first few weeks after it is done. Most men see this issue go away over time, and medication can help some guys regain this ability.

Some men report that they have trouble urinating after having the HIFU procedure. They might also leak urine between trips to the toilet. There can also be pain between your rectum and testicles that medication can treat. Rare side effects include a UTI, blood in the urine, and a testicular infection.

4. This treatment option is not something that is new for the rest of the world.
Although the HIFU treatment for prostate cancer is new in the United States, it is something that is been practiced for more than a decade in Europe and Asia. Guys from the U.S. have even traveled overseas to receive this treatment when they were part of a well-selected group that required help with ultra-localized cancer cells. It is such an effective technique that most men after just 7 days of recovery do not notice any significant side effects.

5. It removes the risks of radiation from the treatment process.

This treatment option for prostate cancer kills the cancer cells without needing to use radiation. That means you can kill all of the genetic material that causes the cells to multiply abnormally without irradiating them. Although there is still a risk that healthy cells will be killed alongside the cancer cells with this treatment option, the impact on the rest of the body is relatively minor. You will typically keep your surrounding tissues healthier with HIFU then you would with a comparative radiation procedure.

6. Doctors are able to make adjustments during the procedure.
The HIFU treatment procedure for prostate cancer allows doctors to adapt to what they find after their work begins. This setup makes it possible for the energy to stay focused on the exact location where it can provide the most help. For some guys, that means the entire prostate gland can receive ablation without worrying about making a single incision to start killing off the cancer cells. Then you can return back to your normal life after the procedure. Some guys even celebrate it by going out to dinner that same night.

7. The HIFU procedure uses clean energy to create results.
Doctors can use this treatment for prostate cancer repetitively without causing additional damage to the surrounding tissues or organs as they would encounter with the traditional options. It features non-ionizing energy that allows you to pursue other treatments in the future if your doctor feels that they are necessary. You can even receive another HIFU if that offers the best chance to destroy the cancer. That means you don’t need to destroy your life just to make sure that you continue to have one.

8. It is a procedure that is minimally invasive.
You will not need to worry about having surgery when the HIFU is the treatment recommendation for your prostate cancer. The treatment will have you be put to sleep using a general anesthesia under most circumstances to avoid the pain that the sound waves can cause. The only two items of concern are the catheter that is placed to allow any urine to escape and the ultrasound, which is then placed in your rectum. Your body does not need to recover from incisions like it would with other treatment options.

9. You have more bladder control with the HIFU treatment.
When you and your doctor decide that the HIFU treatment is the best way to treat your prostate cancer, then you will benefit from an increased level of control over your bladder after the work is done. When compared to other treatment options, the issues with incontinence are relatively minor. The risks of a bowel disorder or ongoing leakage are greatly reduced when taking this approach.

List of the Cons of the HIFU Treatment for Prostate Cancer

1. It still requires pre-treatment options before it can be successful.
The reason why HIFU is a successful treatment option for prostate cancer us because it relies on first-hand visualization and real-time data. Guys must go through the entire diagnosis process before this procedure will receive a go-ahead from their treatment physician. Like other treatment options for this cancer, such as CyberKnife, there are CT scans, a prostate biopsy, and imaging requirements necessary that can become costly if your health insurance does not cover the costs effectively.

2. There may not be any availability for this procedure in this region.
Because HIFU only recently received FDA approval to treat guys in United States, there are not many providers currently active in this area of prostate cancer treatment. Some guys may need to travel extensively if they receive a referral for this procedure, which is an expense that is not always covered by medical insurance. If you’re thinking about the pros and cons of HIFU for your condition, then speak with your treating physician to see if they know of someone in your region that offers it.

3. The data used to treat the prostate cancer may be out of date.
It can take some time to go from the initial diagnosis of prostate cancer to an open appointment for your first treatment. Even with the CT scans and other imaging tools used to generate information for the provider, the amount of time between data gathering and treatment can be inaccurate. That means the first treatment may not be as accurate as it could be. It is almost impossible to know the true extent of prostate cancer until a doctor can see it for themselves.

4. Some guys might still need to receive other prostate cancer treatments.
The HIFU treatment may be an effective non-invasive way to stop prostate cancer, but it doesn’t always remove all of the damage tissues or cancer cells. We currently have about 10 years of data from which to work when evaluating the high-intensity focused ultrasound process. What the information shows is that there is a 1 in 10 risk that you may need to receive ongoing prostate cancer treatments after this procedure. When this element combines with the fact that we don’t know what its long-term risks or effectiveness are as of yet, it may not be the right choice for some men.

5. There is a high risk of impotence for men with the HIFU procedure.
According to Dr. David Samadi, a robotic oncology specialist, there is a 15% risk of impotence with optimal patient conditions, surgical results, and post-operative care when using robotic surgery to treat prostate cancer. When the HIFU method is used to attack the cancer cells, then some reports indicate that up to 70% of men are left with impotency. This higher risk is due to the potential for nerve damage in the region where erectile function occurs.

6. Your doctor may want the catheter to stay in for a while.
Some doctors may choose to keep the catheter in place after this treatment for prostate cancer for up to a week – and sometimes more. If you encounter this issue, then it is essential that you review the pros and cons of managing your tubing to ensure that you can begin returning to your regular lifestyle and routine.

7. The HIFU method is only useful in specific situations.
According to Cancer Research UK, the HIFU treatment option for prostate cancer is only effective when there is a single tumor or part of a large tumor that are discovered during the diagnostic process. It cannot be used for guys who have tumors that have begun to spread from this area. You can only receive a referral if the cancer remains localized to the prostate.

The pros and cons of the HIFU treatment for prostate cancer are still relatively unknown. There is a significant lack of clinical data available to support its effectiveness. There is also no information to support the idea that this treatment process is ineffective. Because it is so new, we do not have any information about its long-term treatment success rates either. As more guys receive their cancer treatment using this method, there will certainly be more advantages and disadvantages to consider. As for right now, deciding on HIFU is for you and your doctor.

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further to the article below it is interesting to note that once the 5G system is available it will be possible for the patient to be in an operating theatre in a given country and the surgeon to be carrying out the operation to work in real time over the internet from anywhere else in the world!

12 Pros and Cons of the Da Vinci Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci® Surgical System is a medical treatment option that uses a robotic surgery system to create a minimally invasive alternative for laparoscopy and some open surgeries. This technology makes it possible for doctors to make a handful of tiny incisions to treat the patient, providing better precision, control, and vision for the surgeon while working. Patients can then recover sooner because there are fewer incisions involved, allowing individuals to move on to their next treatment need or return to their daily routine faster.

Although this surgical option is available for a variety of procedures, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America ® uses it as a treatment for a variety of different cancer surgeries, including liver, stomach, prostate, pancreas, and colon diagnoses. It is sometimes used to treat gynecologic cancers as well.

The surgeon operates from a seated position at a console. Their eyes and hands are in line with the instruments. Then a 3-D, high-definition view of the target anatomy is displayed to produce the intended results. These are the pros and cons of the da Vinci robotic surgery to consider.

List of the Pros of the da Vinci Robotic Surgery

1. There is less pain involved with the da Vinci surgery.
Because this robotic surgery creates fewer and smaller incisions than an open surgery might require, patients typically experience less recovery pain after the procedure. It may even allow for some outpatient procedures to occur, or an option to come home the day after the surgery if it occurs in the morning. Although no surgery is 100% pain-free, choosing da Vinci if it is available allows you to get back on your feet a lot faster when compared to the overall traditional approach.

2. There is a lower risk of complications or infections with this surgery.
The da Vinci robotic surgery system makes smaller incisions during the procedure, which means there are fewer opportunities for an infection to set in after the surgery. You have a lower risk of complications when choosing this option as well thanks to the impersonal nature of the equipment. Although a surgeon is at the controls using a 3-D image of the body to guide the process, there are fewer chances for “leftovers” to remain in the body after completion.

The reduced impact on the body reduces the risk of bacterial interference with the process. It reduces the risk of an accidental injury during the recovery phase. That means people can heal faster and more completely after the medical work is complete.

3. There are shorter hospital stays with the da Vinci surgery.
When using the da Vinci robotic system for surgery, the smaller incisions lead to a shorter time in recovery. That means some patients can get out of the hospital sooner than they would with the traditional surgical approach. Surgeons can access the intended area with greater precision and less of a physical impact, which is why the time in post-op is considerably lower with most procedures. It is such an effective process that it can be useful as an outpatient option for some health issues. There are patients who can even come home after coming out of general anesthesia on the same day. That also means there are fewer scarring issues that occur during the healing process since the access areas are much smaller.

4. There is a faster return to the normal activities of life.
Depending on the patient diagnosis or the type of cancer that requires treatment, individuals can get back to their normal routines of life much faster thanks to the da Vinci system. That means you can regain urinary continence, restore sexual function, or begin to exercise lightly much sooner than you would before the invention of this surgical option.

The reason why this advantage is possible is because of the advantages that are available to the surgeon. The da Vinci system provides more precision, increases the range of motion for the physician, and improves the available dexterity of the work.

5. There is an enhancement in the visualization for the surgeon.
The da Vinci system allows the surgeon to see an enhanced view of the anatomy and what surgical interventions need to occur. This process makes it easier to see the problem areas that require fixing. It is even possible to see areas that may not be possible with the naked eye, even with the presence of magnifying lenses in the operating theater. That means surgeons have an improved ability to spare healthy tissues that are no impacted by cancer when this option is available for the patient.

6. There is less fatigue associated with the surgery for the physician.
Surgeons use the da Vinci robotic system while sitting down, which means there is less overall fatigue associated with this option compared to the traditional intervention. That’s not to say that doctors won’t become tired during a long surgery, because they do, but there are fewer risk factors involved with a prolonged procedure since the activities take place in a low-impact environment.

The surgical robot can also be used by multiple doctors when necessary for an extended procedure. You can also use the equipment with rotating surgical teams throughout the day, with proper disinfecting techniques, to eliminate the human restrictions which are sometimes in place in some facilities.

7. There are fewer blood loss issues with a successful da Vinci surgery.
Robotic surgeries have significantly less blood loss for the patient when you compare the da Vinci techniques to the open approach. That means there are lower transfusion rates that occur during the hospital stay, and then the length of time during recovery is much less as well. Although the cost of the procedure may be higher in some geographical areas, patients can make up some of the expense with savings on the recovery end of the process.

Some complications from surgery are also lower with the da Vinci system, including deep vein thrombosis, lymphoceles, hematomas, ureteral injuries, anastomotic leaks, and wound infections. That means there is an even lower cost expectation in the follow-up to consider for some individuals as well.

List of the Cons of the da Vinci Robotic Surgery

1. Some surgeries may require you to be held in an unnatural position.
The da Vinci robotic surgery system attempts to keep patients in as natural of a position as possible during the procedure. There are times when access is not possible using the usual method, which means you need to be placed in an unusual position while the surgeon does their work. That means you have the risk of suffering from permanent nerve damage if you are kept in that state for an extended time.

There is also the risk of other physical injuries for some procedures if you are kept in an unnatural state for a long time. These are in addition to the typical risks of surgery that everyone faces when a surgeon needs to intervene for their medical care.

2. Tactile feedback is eliminated through the robotic system.
Surgeons do not receive the same levels of tactile feedback when working on a patient when they use the da Vinci system over a manual option. That means there is a slight increase in the risk of an injury if an adjacent organ is hit during the medical procedure. Because equipment is being used instead of the hands of a doctor, there is an increased risk of suffering a burn when choosing this option.

This disadvantage is mitigated through the training process for each doctor and continued with their experience in the operating theater, but it still exists.

3. There are no national training standards in the U.S. for robotic surgery.
One of the most significant advantages of the da Vinci robotic surgery system is that there are no national medical standards to follow for this procedure. Many surgeons receive their training online, and then they receive a one-day session at the facility which manufactures the equipment. Some doctors will receive supervised surgeries, usually 1-2, before being fully released to use the equipment independently.

It is up to the individual hospital to determine if their doctors are qualified to use the robotic systems in their facilities. It can take a long time to master this minimally invasive technology, so patients must perform their due diligence when deciding if this option is the best choice for your medical needs.

4. Cost considerations may come into play for some patients.
The cost of any surgery is going to be a significant medical expense for patients in the United States. Hospital costs in the U.S. average about $4,000 per day, which is an expense that incurs about $15,000. Then you have the cost of the surgery to consider. If you have a heart valve replacement, then the expense may be as high as $200,000 in some markets. Some cancer surgeries run in the $150,000 range. Even a gastric bypass may be upwards of $25,000, which is in addition to the costs of the hospital stay.

5. The equipment can malfunction during the surgical intervention.
One of the risks of using robotic technology for a surgery is that there can be malfunctions that occur, even if the maintenance schedule is kept up-to-date on the equipment. If this disadvantage occurs in the middle of a procedure, then the arms of the da Vinci system may not respond as anticipated. That can mean the surgery can take longer than expected, require a physical intervention to complete the work, and can enhance the risk of complication in some situations.

The reality of robotic surgery is that it may not offer many long-term benefits for patients that are comparable to open techniques, which means the advantages all involve short-term circumstances. If the surgery is successful, then you will recover either way over time, so the expense may become your top consideration.

Verdict on the Pros and Cons of the da Vinci Robotic Surgery

As with any surgery, a patient should think twice about using the da Vinci robotic system if what is necessary is a routine procedure. If you need a hernia repair, gallbladder removal, gastric bypass, or a standard colon surgery, then the complexity of this option might not be suitable for your needs.

On the other hand, the dexterity of the robot with this system may make complex cancer surgeries, the removal of neck or head tumors, and options where a minimally invasive choice is not available easier to manage during and after the procedure.

When evaluating the pros and cons of the da Vinci robot surgery, you will want to look at the key points individually with your doctor. It is your comfort level with this process, along with the experience of your physician, that should guide you toward your final decision.

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Steam treatment for big prostates approved on NHS

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The NHS can start offering a new steam treatment for benign prostate enlargement, says the regulator, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

The procedure is minimally invasive and can be done under local anaesthetic without an overnight hospital stay.

It involves passing a small probe up the urethra to inject a puff of steam into the troublesome area.

The steam kills off some of the enlarged tissue to ease symptoms.

The dead cells are reabsorbed by the body.

An enlarged prostate is common – affecting one in three men over the age of 50 – and forces the urethra (urine tube) to narrow, causing a variety of problems, including difficulty emptying the bladder.

Drugs or an operation can help but NICE says men should now be offered another treatment option.

The steam treatment, called Rezum, is an alternative to invasive surgery and is said to have fewer side-effects, such as impotence and incontinence.

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Patients may have to take antibiotics and have a urinary catheter for some days after the procedure. Some activities, including sexual intercourse, should be avoided for up to one month.

It is the latest of several minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

What is BPH?

  • It is the medical term for an enlarged prostate gland – the gland located in the pelvis between the penis and the bladder
  • It is not a cancer and it isn’t usually a serious threat to health
  • The cause is unclear but it is more common in older men
  • Symptoms may be mild and not need treatment but for others they can be troublesome

Prof Richard Hindley, a consultant urologist at Hampshire Hospitals, has been providing the treatment to some of his patients, with “very good results”.

“The treatment involves a tiny water droplet being heated to 103C and then injected via the urethra into the prostate,” he said.

“It can be performed quickly, with each procedure taking less than 20 minutes.

“The number of injections required is titrated according to the size of the gland.”

Prof Kevin Harris from NICE, said: “Approving this procedure gives men the chance to talk to their clinician about which is right for them.”

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this drug treatment – About 3,500 people a year in the United States may be candidates for Yescarta.

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Cells taken from cancer patients are genetically engineered to fight cancer at a Kite processing facility. Credit Kite Pharma

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the second in a radically new class of treatments that genetically reboot a patient’s own immune cells to kill cancer.

The new therapy, Yescarta, made by Kite Pharma, was approved for adults with aggressive forms of a blood cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, who have undergone two regimens of chemotherapy that failed.

The treatment, considered a form of gene therapy, transforms the patient’s cells into what researchers call a “living drug” that attacks cancer cells. It is part of the rapidly growing field of immunotherapy, which uses drugs or genetic tinkering to turbocharge the immune system to fight disease. In some cases the treatments have led to long remissions.

“The results are pretty remarkable,” said Dr. Frederick L. Locke, a specialist in blood cancers at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, and a leader of a study of the new treatment. “We’re excited. We think there are many patients who may need this therapy.”

He added, “These patients don’t have other options.”

About 3,500 people a year in the United States may be candidates for Yescarta. It is meant to be given once, infused into a vein, and must be manufactured individually for each patient. The cost will be $373,000.

The treatment was originally developed at the National Cancer Institute, by a team Dr. Steven Rosenberg led. The institute entered an agreement with Kite in 2012, in which the company helped pay for research and received rights to commercialize the results.

Largely on the strength of the new drug and related research, the drug giant Gilead purchased Kite in August, for $11.9 billion.

“Today marks another milestone in the development of a whole new scientific paradigm for the treatment of serious diseases,” the F.D.A. commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, said in a statement. “In just several decades, gene therapy has gone from being a promising concept to a practical solution to deadly and largely untreatable forms of cancer.”

Side-effects can be life-threatening, however. They include high fevers, crashing blood pressure, lung congestion and neurological problems.In some cases, patients have required treatment in an intensive care unit. In the study that led to the approval, two patients died from side effects. Doctors have learned to manage them better, but it takes training and experience.

Partly for that reason, Yescarta, like Kymriah, will be introduced gradually, and will be available only at centers where doctors and nurses have been trained in using it.

“Ten to 15 authorized institutions will be ready to go at the time of the launch,” a spokeswoman for Kite, Christine Cassiano, said. “In 12 months, we expect to have 70 to 90. There’s a lot that goes into it, making sure each institution is ready to go.”

Companies have been racing to develop new forms of immunotherapy. The first cell-based cancer treatment — Kymriah, made by Novartis — was approved in August for children and young adults with an aggressive type of acute leukemia. It will cost $475,000, but the company has said it will not charge patients who do not respond within the first month after treatment. Novartis is expected to ask the F.D.A. to approve Kymriah for lymphoma and other blood cancers as well, and may vary its price depending on how well it works for those diseases.

Kite also plans to seek approval for other blood cancers, but does not plan to vary Yescarta’s price, said Ms. Cassiano.

The company also hopes that Yescarta will eventually be approved for earlier stages of lymphoma, rather than being limited to patients with advanced disease who have been debilitated by multiple types of chemotherapy that did not work, said Dr. David D. Chang, Kite’s chief medical officer and executive vice president for research and development.

“This is the beginning of many developments in cell therapy in the next few years,” Dr. Chang said in an interview.

 

He said the F.D.A. had “embraced” the concept of cell therapy, designating it a breakthrough and accelerating the approval process to speed its availability to cancer patients, many of whom do not have time to wait.

Kite and Novartis also hope to produce cell therapies for so-called solid tumors — like those of the lung, prostate, breast and colon — which account for about 90 percent of all deaths from cancer.

Before it was approved and named Yescarta, Kite’s treatment was known by other names: axi-cel, axicabtagene ciloleucel, or KTE-C19.

The study that led to approval enrolled 111 patients at 22 hospitals; 101 of them received Yescarta. They had one of three diseases: diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma or transformed follicular lymphoma.

Initially, 54 percent had complete remissions, meaning that their tumors disappeared. Another 28 percent had partial remissions, in which tumors shrank or appeared less active on scans. After six months, 80 percent of the 101 were still alive.

With a median follow-up of 8.7 months, 39 percent of the 101 were still in complete remission — a much higher rate than achieved with earlier treatments — and 5 percent still had partial remissions.

“Many patients were seriously contemplating their own mortality,” said Dr. Caron A. Jacobson, who helped conduct the study at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in Boston. “We would be talking to them about other clinical trials, but also about hospice care and quality of life and comfort. You’re really seeing people get their life back. After a couple weeks in the hospital and a couple weeks at home, they go back to work. On its face, it’s quite remarkable and revolutionary.”

The treatment requires removing millions of a patient’s T-cells — a type of white blood cell that is critical to the immune system — freezing them and shipping them to Kite to be genetically engineered to kill cancer cells. The process reprograms the T-cells to attack B-cells, normal parts of the immune system that turn malignant in certain blood cancers. The revved-up T-cells — now known as “CAR-T cells” — are then frozen again and shipped back to the hospital to be dripped into the patient. The turnaround time is about 17 days.

Kite’s cell-processing facility, in El Segundo, Calif., can provide the treatment for 4,000 to 5,000 patients a year, Ms. Cassiano said, adding that the company has applied for approval in Europe, and if it is granted, will probably build a plant there.

Tina Bureau, a fifth-grade teacher from Queensbury, N.Y., was one of the lymphoma patients in the study. Previously, she’d had several types of chemotherapy.

“The cancer would shrink but then it would come right back,” she said.

Last spring, she had the T-cell treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The side effects were ferocious.

“You don’t even recognize your family members,” Ms. Bureau said. “I had some bleeding on my brain, and had to be put in intensive care. The week it was happening, I don’t remember a lot. It was much more difficult for my family than me.”

Within a month, she had a complete remission, which has continued. She is back at work, full time.

“Yes, it can pose life threatening problems,” Ms. Bureau said. “But when you’re in a situation where your life’s threatened anyway, I don’t feel you have anything to lose.”

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How to Create a Peaceful At-Home Hospice for Your Loved One

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Elderly woman in wheelchair.

Given the option of spending the end of your life in a hospital versus in your own home, what would you choose? For most of us, the answer is simple, especially for those with a spouse or family. We would much prefer to live out our days and die peacefully in the comfort and privacy of our own home, surrounded by memories and the people we love.

Unfortunately, the decision is not always up to us. The type of treatment or end-of-life care we need will determine whether spending our final days, weeks, or months at home is an option.

Those who require medical intervention like IV pain medication or frequent procedures like X-rays may not be candidates for at-home care. However, many end-of-life patients receiving palliative care to keep them comfortable and pain-free can receive that same care from an in-home nurse or family member. In the end, this option can be less costly and more fulfilling. One study suggests people who spend their final days at home live longer and enjoy a better quality of life.

If your partner or loved one prefers to pass away at home, the existing space will likely require special attention. From structural modifications to allow for special equipment to finding ways for your loved one to maintain independence, this guide will help you create a suitable place to spend life’s final, precious moments, and to pass away peacefully.

Step 1: Creating a Soothing Space

Start with a good cleaning
For many people in poor health, basic tasks such as dusting and vacuuming are difficult. As a result, their homes can become dirty and in disrepair. Do a walk-through of the home. Make a list of any repairs that need to be made. Be especially vigilant about problems like water damage, which can lead to mold growth and cause respiratory issues. If you can’t take care of the to-dos yourself, enlist a family member or professional cleaning service to help.

Change as little as possible
Aside from providing a clean environment free from health hazards, you should leave as much as you can unaltered. There is comfort in the familiar, so it’s important to keep things as close as you are able to the home your loved one knows and loves.

  • Leave photographs and artwork on the walls These and table-top knickknacks and trinkets bring a sense of normalcy to a person as they cope with end-of-life issues.
  • Keep books and other hobbies close at hand, since these activities can reduce stress.
  • keep their pet in the home if at all possible. A cat or dog is both a friend and welcome distraction. Although your loved one may not be able to care for a pet on his or her own, the comfort their friend brings may be worth the effort. If taking care of the pet is too much strain on the caregiver(s), consider hiring a service.

Rearrange if necessary
In the case of bedridden patients who have little access to the rest of the home, it may make sense to rearrange the room where they spend most of their time to include more of their favorite possessions. Ask your loved one what items bring them joy, and make room for those belongings. With their permission, you can place photos from throughout the home into photo books and compile other beloved items in a basket to be kept within arm’s reach. Or, if they want to be in a more central location, move the bed to the living room or dining area so they are not isolated. This may also help visitors feel more comfortable.

Step 2: Accommodating Special Equipment

In addition to minor repairs and rearranging, you will need to ensure the home is ready for special equipment, like wheelchairs and walkers. This includes removing slippery rugs and making a clear path between furniture with plenty of clearance. In the event you need to make structural changes, like widening doorways or adding ramps, consult a professional contractor to ensure it is done safely and according to code.

Small changes that will make the home safer and easier to navigate may include:

  • Swapping door knobs for levers – This may help arthritic patients maintain a better grip.
  • Adapting existing furniture pieces – Add foam risers to make getting in and out of seats easier.
  • Adding ample lighting – This is especially important for those with poor eyesight. Consider adding floor lamps and replacing bulbs in existing fixtures with something brighter.
  • Addressing outdoor spaces – A safe place to get some fresh air can drastically improve quality of life.

Elderly individual receiving care outdoors

Step 3: Maintaining Their Independence

Being able to perform some everyday activities independently, however small, may help in maintaining a sense of dignity. If you can, ensure your loved one has shoes and clothes they can slip on and off by themselves. Let them look through their own mail, give them their own TV remote, and let them spend some time alone. Even if a caregiver is just in the next room, it is imperative your loved one has some time to themselves to rest, think, and cope.

  • Plan their meals in advance – The kitchen is one of the easiest places in the house for a patient to injure him or herself. To help avoid this, prep meals and snacks ahead of time or purchase them ready-made. Keep them on hand and, if they require heating, make sure it can be done in a microwave and provide instructions. In some cases, hospice will provide a separate caregiver to do light cooking and cleaning. You can also look into meal-delivery services like Meals on Wheels.
  • Maintain their sense of privacy – This is another big concern, especially when it comes to personal care issues like bathing and using the restroom. While the patient will more than likely require some assistance, you can promote independence in the bathroom with modifications like grab bars, tub benches, and raised commode seats. If a bedside toilet is necessary, position it behind curtains or a movable screen.
  • Keep some your own peace of mind – Depending on the level of the patient’s independence, family members may want to consider a medical alert system that will allow the patient to notify someone in the event of a fall or other emergency. If your loved one will be alone at any point of the day or night, this can bring him or her (as well as family members and caregivers) peace of mind.

Step 4: Making Room for Full-Time Care

When preparing a space for the end of a life, the dying party is not the only person to consider. You must ensure the caregivers, usually several family members and/or nurses, are comfortable and cared for as well. Whether they live in the home full time or work shifts, caregivers will need a space of their own to place their belongings and regroup after the physically- and emotionally-stressful moments caring for a dying patient or family member will inevitably bring.

  • Give them their own space – If you don’t have a spare bedroom, a corner of the kitchen or family room will work, as long as it’s designated for the individual specifically.
  • Help them stay connected – You may also want to invest in services like WiFi. Even if your loved one doesn’t have a computer or smartphone, most people today need to be connected.
  • Make sure there is ample parking and food for each caregiver. – Many of us are at our worst behind the wheel or hungry. Providing these things for the caregiver may go a long way toward keeping them in positive spirits at a difficult time.

While none of these items are necessities, it will help the person caring for your loved one enjoy his or her time there, in turn helping him or her take better care of the patient. After all, that’s what it’s all about: caring for your loved one and treating him or her as you would want to be treated. As long as we show kindness and compassion to our loved ones throughout the process, they will be able to say goodbye with the dignity they deserve.

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