Welcome to MyHope @ COH Page

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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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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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