We’ve been waiting for years. The FDA today approved the first-ever “anti-cancer vaccine.” Provenge, made by blossoming biotech company Dendreon in Seattle, is a personalized therapy designed to give a second chance for a patient’s own immune system to beat back advanced prostate cancer.
It is, by no means, for every prostate cancer patient (more [...]
This has been a whirlwind week as I work on, learn more about, and use health communications online and, before long, on smartphones.
First let me call your attention to our just-posted “Patient Power Health Issues” discussion on where health on the Internet is going: does it make your life easier, does it make it [...]
Cancer Vaccine: Countdown to Approval? from Patient Power® on Vimeo.
By May 1st, the FDA owes a response to the manufacturer of what could be the first vaccine to fight advanced cancer. Could that be approval or more questions from the FDA? We’re not sure. The hope is vaccines to energize your immune system [...]
My youngest child, Eitan, is 13 today and we are all looking forward to his Bar Mitzvah (Jewish coming of age ceremony) next weekend. This morning Esther and I took Eitan out for a bagel breakfast before school. He loves the attention, of course.
Any parent would rejoice in having a growing, healthy kid, but [...]
When it comes to health communications, right now we are in a bit of a disconnect. Here’s what I mean: This is the new age of Patient Empowerment, right? I think the answer is yes, as study after study shows smarter patients do better when they are more informed about the health issues facing them. [...]