New treatments see blood cancer survival rates up

The formula above is not meant as a math trick.  But it does depict some tricky math for cancer survivors like me.

All that I have to say about this search and this topic is that it is good to be counted among the one in four.  That is, according to this source, one in four NHL (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) survivors have a chance of surviving for five years.   Count me at 5.8 years since my stem cell transplant and 7 years since the diagnosis of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), a potent form of NHL.

Reading this article and seeing this illustration of the three bags of stem cells makes for a personal flashback to the August 2007 SCT procedure at City of Hope.

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Timekeeping in the SCT zone

If there has been a lesson and, of course, there have been many that came out of the ocurrence of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) in 2006, it is that time-keeping has a necessary, but continuous presence.

As of this post, we mark 68 months since my successful stem cell transplant.  That’s 5.66 years or 1833 days.  Does that mean we are cured?

Of course, we hope and pray that is the case, but none of my doctors will proclaim a cure.  Never, for the remainer of my life, can we expect that certainty.  Yet, survival is good and the best outcome of all.  What is it they say about not focusing on the destination, but enjoying the journey?

Dee Dee and I along with our friends Larry Fetters and Kathy Wright spent several hours at City of Hope yesterday (May 10) for the 37th annual BMT Reunion with an estimated 5000 participants. Gathered in Duarte were those BMT and SCT survivors like me (since Aug. 22, 2007). Just a few yards away was the Helford Hospital where my transplant was performed.  As the crowds assembled on the hospital’s north lawn, probably about three dozen transplant patients occupied beds waiting for the day they could also celebrate with us.

Below, Dee Dee and I pose with my chief oncologist Dr. Ryotaro Nakamura. Just a fabulous day to share with the celebrating crowd of survivors, their caregivers, friends, and loved ones. }:{  alt@LINK  }:{  This link provides a slide show of our day.



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