Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Of Mice and Men

Sometimes during times of illness and facing a disease, there is emphasis on doing all the right things, avoiding over medication usage and even with some, try "natural" approaches. There should be room to be thankful for all the developments that science has offered to allow treatments to be developed that offer hope. Hope to reduce symptoms, improve life and in some cases cure the diseases. Thanks to the scientists who spend many long hours working on drugs and treatment regimens that have become available now and for the future releases of medications yet to be used. Thanks to the MD's and scientists who put these drugs into clinical trials and to those patients willing to participate in these trials.

Rituxan is a monoclonal antibody derived from the benefit of willing mice to give their help with science advancement. Never in my past would I even have thought of mice in such a way and be thankful, but if this drug is as helpful to me as I have read and heard from others...than I must give a hive five to the small 4 leg rodents.

1 comment:

Wendy S. Harpham, MD said...

I was subject #15 in the Phase I trial of Rituxan in 1993 at Stanford. Thank you for highlighting the hard work of researchers and nourishing the hope offered by science.

Like you, I've had a new appreciation of mice since the frightening days of my early cancer recurrences. I have a nice collection of mouse-themed decorations and earrings!

With hope, Wendy