Desperate Plea Made By Sick Woman on YouTube

A desperately ill woman is making a desperate plea for help on March 25.

She is battling a deadly cancer, but says she can't get the medicine she needs.

So she's taking novel advantage of a popular website with some help from Hollywood.

Actor Patrick Swayze is pictured in the YouTube video alongside 62-year- old Connie Loughman of Indiana.

Both have Pancreatic Cancer-- one of the most deadly forms of disease.

Loughman's family is hoping Swayze's celebrity and YouTube viewers will help them get her a promising new experimental drug.

They've set up a website asking people to email the biotech company GenVec, which produces the drug TNFerade-- now in the last phase of clinical trials--trials Loughman is not eligible for because of prior alternate treatments:

"Why won't they release this drug to me? Why can't I have it, why do I have to suffer like this?" said Connie Loughman, a cancer patient.

The Loughmans want what's known as compassionate use treatment, which allows people in life threatening situations access to drugs not yet approved by the FDA.

"I said we're willing to pay for the drug we'll release you from any liability and we were told no." Jackie Loughman.

GenVec has not yet established such a compassionate care program and in an email told the family that "all of our supply of TNFerade has been committed to our clinical trials, experts say such programs pose a dilemma for companies"

"It would clearly set back clinical trials substantially if we allowed anyone to have any drug they wanted," said Len Lichtenfeld.

The Loughmans believe TNFerade could cure their mother's cancer, but GenVec says in most cases the drug buys patients an extra four months.

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  • by Judy Location: Green Co. Ky. on Mar 27, 2008 at 05:55 AM
    Someone needs to get this woman info on the mangosteen fruit.The juice that offers the benefits of the whole fruit..She needs to drink a bottle per day, with plenty of clean water...Surely someone out there has heard of it.
  • by Jean Location: Glasgow,ky on Mar 25, 2008 at 09:15 PM
    I do not see what the problem is in giving this woman the drug. i lost my Aunt to Pancreatic Cancer in 2004.It was one of the hardest things my family have ever endured. See my Mom & Aunt are identical twins. So to see one you see the other.she is survived by her 2 Daughters, her Mother & identical twin Sister as well as neices & grandchildren.We all miss her so much.I think if we have had the opportunity to have this drug we would have plead as well.If you have never dealt w/ this disease you will never understand.So I will Pray for this woman to get this drug even if it does only buy her a few extra months.I wish her all the luck in the world!!
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