Fall 1993 • Vol. XV No. 4 Science, Science Fiction and PoetryOctober 1, 1993 |

Lecture to Third-Year Medical Students

for Peter Russo My first recommendation--suction an ample volume of bone marrow, separate a sample for pathology, incubate the rest in fetal media, freeze it, administer a lethal dose of chemo, and then reinfuse the marrow as soon as the white count is reduced below 1,000. If the extracted marrow is first allowed to incubate with several newer monoclonal antibodies residual cancer cells are killed, and metastases are less likely. A frequent problem in these young patients is the development of resistance which is related to the presence of the C- ras gene even when treatments have initially been effective, especially in highly aggressive lymphomas such as this. There's very little chance that his tumor will respond to such drastic treatment, and indeed the mortality from marrow replacement exceeds the cure rate. However, in my opinion there's no other option.

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