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

CANSWERIST® Flipboard by socialcurrentsee.com®▶ Immune System, Science, Comments by MCL survivor since 2006 following an SCT (2007), in continuous remission (CR) since 2010▶ Maintenance involves quarterly IVIGs to boost immune system▶ canswerist.com®

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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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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Roslyn Franken is a proud young adult cancer survivor who knows the power of emotional resilience in the face of change, challenge and adversity. She was born to a mother who survived the concentration camps in Nazi Germany and a father who survived the atomic bomb in Nagasaki, Japan, as a prisoner of war.

When diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer at the young of age 29, Roslyn quickly learned she inherited her parents’ “NEVER GIVE UP” attitude as she herself fought back to become a long-term survivor.

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Survivor : She showed me, now she can show you