[Marxism] re Cuba and immuno therapy

michael a. lebowitz mlebowit at sfu.ca
Sun May 7 13:13:31 MDT 2017

Louis posted a note from a friend as follows:

"The plan to address my lung cancer in NYC by radiation through Sloan 
Kettering did not work out. The good news is that I have since qualified 
for a clinical trial at Roswell Park treating this condition with a 
combination of immuno-therapy, Opdivo, and the Cuban vaccine, Cimavax. 
This is the only place in this country with permission to test Cimavax, 
which has had impressive results. I just returned from Buffalo where I 
will soon start in Phase 1 of this trial, a very hopeful situation. The 
alternative was to go to Cuba. Easier to take the train to Buffalo. 
Anyone interested in learning more about this study, and the Cuban 
vaccine, check the link below. https://www.roswellpark.org/cancer-vaccine

It is, of course, good news that Louis' friend was successful in getting 
into the clinical trials (and that they are finally permitted in the US 
given the enormous success of the treatments developed in Cuba); 
however, it is in the nature of clinical trials that they are generally 
blind and admission into the trial is no guarantee that an individual 
will be getting the specific treatment desired. It is certainly easier 
and far less costly to take the train to Buffalo than to go to Havana 
for the lung cancer treatment they offer. My vague recollection of the 
latter is that the cost of the CIMAVAX treatment is over $5000 at Las 
Praderas, the hospital/hotel where this is administered and involves 
about 4 days residence and patients are given a supply of the vaccine to 
take home with them. The information is available on the web, where you 
may also run across a CBC article about someone from the US who makes an 
annual trip [via Toronto then] to get the meds and said it has kept him 
     Rather than just posting this to Louis, I thought others on the 
list might find this useful for themselves, etc.
         best wishes,

Michael A. Lebowitz
Professor Emeritus
Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6
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