CANSWERIST® explores immunotherapy



The DX came in 2006.  That is the abbreviation for diagnosis and the condition was an abbreviation known as MCL (mantle cell lymphoma).

While I did not start my cancer diagnosis and treatment at City of Hope, that is the facility to which I give the most credit for my continuous remission since 2010.

City of Hope physician-scientists recently opened two clinical trials to investigate a combination of cytokines and immunotherapy that may be able to transform nearly impossible-to-treat cancer into a disease that can be corralled into remission. @STORY

Daneng Li, M.D., is treating patients with advanced liver (hepatocellular) cancer, while Joseph Chao, M.D., is treating patients with advanced stomach and esophageal cancer (gastric and gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma). Both City of Hope medical oncologists are offering hope to patients who have tried chemotherapy and other treatments for their cancer without experiencing prolonged remission.

Australian lobster fisherman David Thompson traveled 9,000 miles for treatment at City of Hope after being diagnosed with Stage 4 oropharyngeal cancer. Given just six weeks to live, he is thriving more than a year after participating in an immunotherapy clinical trial. @STORY

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City of Hope is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, the highest designation possible from the National Cancer Institute.

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Couple Hides Cancer Story from Children

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As a mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) survivor since March 2006, I have spent hours searching, reading, and archiving at least a 100 stories about others who have lived with and survived cancer. Seldom have I found a story as poignant as this one. | STORY

Welcome to MyHope @ COH Page

Every year (this year the date was May 9), Dee Dee and I try to attend the annual BMT (bone marrow) patient reunion at City of Hope. For us, this was the seventh such reunion, although we have only attended three of these events since my August 2007 transplant.  But the good news to share is that we have made it to #7 and expect many more! Always, it is remarkable to see and mingle among the thousands of patients, caregivers, and COH staff at these events.

 
At this time, not only is it hard to believe that we are more than four years into our “retirement life,” but my treatment is entirely routine, nothing more than periodic follow-up visits to City of Hope.  Other than occasional infusions for immune system boosts, my health is better and more “normal” than before the transplant. However, I have been recruited by COH to be part of a clinical study to assay the long-term cardiology effects of stem cell transplants on patients and that study is now underway with periodic testing and examinations at the City of Hope campus.
 
Whatever we can do to give back to this marvelous treatment center for the gift of life we have been given, it was an honor to be given that opportunity.  And speaking of opportunities, please go to the link to see MyHope@COH, the newly-created page where you can join my friends and associates in supporting City of Hope.
 
For those of you who are not in the loop on these matters, Dee Dee and I also became the proud grandparents of EMMA KRISTINA KARLSTROM, born on May 2nd.  You can see the photos and updates in our SOCIAL CURRENT SEE links below.
 
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Good news on two fronts today (CanswerWORTH)

Dee Dee and I have returned from the 4th-year anniversary visit to City of Hope with the test results from the CT, bone-density, and other routine tests reported by our chief oncologist and endocrinologist. The CT was negative (clean) and the bone-density actually showed some improvement, albeit I am still in the osteopenia range due to the chemo and other medications taken during the last seven years. But the most important news is: REMISSION from the lymphoma remains, now approaching 4 years since the relapse in 2009! Answered prayers indeed. August 23 is the 6-year anniversary of my SCT.

On another front: My brother Bob (63) in Jacksonville got the results of his genetic testing as a follow-up for his diagnosis with melanoma. The news is good because they found the presence of the B-RAF gene which means that he is a candidate for the latest and the most successful form of treatment for the disease. That treatment is due to begin soon as he and his wife, Claudia, make their way within the coming week to the Tampa Moffitt Cancer Center, a place in Florida that is much like our City of Hope, actually the closest comprehensive cancer center in proximity to their home. We hope and pray for his full recovery.  ~ Posted on my Facebook Timeline + Flipped to CANswer♥WORTH on FLIPBOARD

The eight minute clock chimes again

EVERY 8 MINUTES someone in the United States is diagnosed with #MELANOMA, the most serious form of skin cancer.  Word came within the last several days that my brother, Bob, has this diagnosis and has had to have a large growth removed from his abdomen, which would indicate Stage 4, an advanced stage of the disease.

Although the report is that his surgeons believe they removed all of the cancer, they can’t be certain until he has a #PETscan in a couple of weeks.  Given that he admits that he has been symptomatic for about five years, but thought this was some type of hernia, he and our family have reason to be concerned that the PET scan may discover other presence of the disease.

However, there is a new treatment for advanced melanoma called #Ipilimumab that shows real promise for control, if not a cure for even the most advanced forms of the case.

Following results of the PET, Bob and his wife, Claudia, are planning to take the advice of their local physicians in Jacksonville, FL, to seek follow-up consultation, treatment at the Tampa Moffitt Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCCN).

While this video clip is from a year ago, information since this production would indicate the efficacy of this treatment and evidence of actual results are now documented at leading cancer centers around the country.

Still the diagnosis gives our family pause and concern as we wait for further news while anticipating that Bob will fully recover as I have from my 2006-2010 bout with mantle cell lymphoma (#MCL).

Our family history with cancer now officially confirms a sobering statistic:  One in four people will have cancer during their lifetimes and one in three families will have a loved one with the diagnosis.

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