Sunday, January 9, 2011

Treatment NOW!

Dr. Timothy Luckett's sister has ME/CFS. He reports that small trials with Viread and Isentress have turned out well. Read his blog:
Initial findings from a yet-to-be publshed study

Dr. Jamie Deckoff-Jones and her daughter Ali both have ME/CFS. They blog about their treatment with antiretrovirals here:
The lessons of HIV and HAART

See my article on Yahoo! about Dr. Deckoff-Jones and another doctor being treated with ART, Dr. Michael Snyderman, oncologist:
Antiretroviral drugs or not? Two Doctors With CFS Decide

From Dr. Snyderman's poster:

Highly increased incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in ME/CFS

By Dr. Michael Snyderman, an oncologist with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and ME/CFS:

XMRV has recently been identified in patients with prostatecancer and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). CFS patients have an increased incidence of lymphoproliferative malignancy compared to the normal population.

While the incidence rate of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is 0.02% in the United States, nearly 5% of CFS patients developed the disease.

A patient with CFS and CLL with adverse prognostic factors was shown to have XMRV in plasma and CLL cells. Within the first 100 days of treatment with AZT and raltegravir, he showed multiple benefits simultaneous with disappearance of infectious XMRV.

These findings suggest that XMRV is etiological for both the CLL and CFS and that virus-direct treatment was beneficial in this patient.

Further CLL patients should be studied especially as CLL has been statistically associated with an increased risk for other neoplasia.

Questions to be answered are what neoplasms are associated with XMRV, will existing antiretrovirals have antineoplastic activity in these neoplasms and what is the optimal combination of antiretroviral drugs.

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