Diagnosis: Cancer Archive: January, 2013

Patient #1:The secret society of cancer fighters

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A common theme in the cancer world is that you are not in this alone. Many, many individuals are stakeholders in the battle. Some, like the... Read more

Patient #1: The cancer diet

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"One day they are gonna do a study that shows chicken causes cancer and pizza is good for you." -Slim, Spring 1999 "Chicken is poison." -Dr... Read more

Patient #1: Over the hump but not out of the woods

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The most difficult stretch of my treatment is officially in the rearview mirror. I was discharged Monday morning from Moffitt, almost a week... Read more

Patient #1: Bring on the first rounds of IL2

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“Do or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda Since I received my diagnosis in August, Interluken-2 (IL2) has been something that was... Read more

Patient #1: Ringing the bell to end chemo

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Today is the big day. Navy SEAL-like t-cells are “storming the beach” sometime in the afternoon. We don't have the exact time;... Read more

Top 10 silver linings of having stage 4 melanoma

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Yea cancer pretty much sucks, but there are small benefits here and there if you know how to find them: 10. Facial hair freedom – First... Read more

Patient #1: Using laughter to get through chemo

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When you think of chemotherapy, images of suffering patients, clad in hospital gowns and bandanas, pop into mind. Hours into my first chemo... Read more

Patient #1: Getting the green light for chemo

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167 days. That’s how long it will be fromfirst checking into the hospitalwith flu-like symptoms and when I start the most intense, and... Read more