|My Natural Killers, in a bag!|
I just finished one of the most significant treatments I will receive while being here at Angeles. And, it only took five minutes! The Bio-immune Cellular Therapy offered here at Angeles is unavailable in the United States, except through limited clinical trials (which often include drug therapies and radiation). Today, specifically, I received an I.V. of my own NK cells (a type of white blood cell) which had been extracted from my blood on Friday and multiplied in the lab over the weekend. The idea is to boost my own immune system to fight the cancer cells in my body. The experience, I have to say, was rather anti-climatic. The same lab tech that drew a bag of my red blood on Friday returned with a bag of cloudy liquid today. She hung it, attached the line to my port, and drained it into my bloodstream in minutes. The analogy often used for immune cells such as these is the soldiers of your immune system. So I guess you could say the Marines have been called to duty and are now on an important mission to eradicate the invaders. NKs vs. AML, it is on!
For those interested to know more a quick Google search will turn up plenty. I've also attached information from the "Functional Oncology Approach at Angeles Hospital" packet that outlines their treatment program. I've first attached a blurb on Bio-immune Cellular Therapy and then the more specific Natural Killer info. The packet was clearly translated from Spanish, but I think I've cleaned it up. I want to add their statement from the cover of the packet, a synopsis of why we've chosen to come here. "Angeles Function Oncology Treatment Centers recognize the importance of treating the whole person, and not only the symptoms of disease. We take the approach of addressing the mind, body, and spirit as equal components of health and well-being." Also, check the links on the right for a video from Dr. Perez that explains the therapy philosophy here.