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That's so cool. Now, let's have a reality check, and we're going to meet with Dr. Kara Bucci, who is a radiation oncologist, and she is an assistant professor of radiation oncology at M. D. Anderson.
Dr. Bucci, we wish everybody could have that result, and we recognize that Ann and Elaine are just extraordinary stories, both ends of the sort of what showed up on the chest x ray. But the effort, I'm sure, with every patient is to have them live as long and as well as they can. Now, Elaine did not have surgery, but radiation and chemotherapy went hand in hand. Is that often the case when somebody's surgical prospects are not that good but yet radiation and chemo can make a big difference?
It is, especially for later stage patients. Patients who have lymph nodes involved frequently are treated with chemo and radiation together. The other indication for radiation is patients with early stage tumors who can't get surgery either because they're not appropriate candidates for surgery or they have medical reasons that they can't get surgery. So radiation alone can be used or radiation and chemo together.
By Andrew Schorr