Sunday, July 8, 2012 -----
A Cancer Treatment's Tantalizing Promise Brings Heartbreaking Swings
In the second article of her three-part series, Gina Kolata of The New York Times tells the story of one family’s quest to save the life of a beloved mother and wife, Beth McDaniel, who was fighting a rare form of cancer. Her son Timothy, a molecular biologist, led the drive to get the genes of his mother’s cancer and healthy cells sequenced and analyzed. Scientists identified a gene aberration that led to a unique medical treatment. It seemed to stop the cancer cold, but all too soon the disease came roaring back.
Mrs. McDaniel’s experience offers a sobering look at the challenges of using an approach still very much in its infancy.