Saturday, February 6, 2016

T.J. Sharpe

Patient #1: I went 3 rounds with Jose Yervoy

Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 10:18 AM
Well, it’s downhill from here – at least that’s how it feels. It won’t be that easy, for sure. I still have one remaining treatment -Yervoy dose four. Dose three was this past Wednesday, and went off without a hitch. Dose four is scheduled for February 20th, and then, like... Read more

Patient #1:The secret society of cancer fighters

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 10:50 AM
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 medical professionals, have both a professional and personal interest in your treatment and recovery. Others, like the hospitals and pharmaceutical companies... Read more

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

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 10:43 AM
The most difficult stretch of my treatment is officially in the rearview mirror. I was discharged Monday morning from Moffitt, almost a week to the hour after checking in. The recovery indicators shot up between Saturday morning and Sunday, so I just needed to remain off oxygen all Sunday and I was... Read more

Patient #1: Bring on the first rounds of IL2

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 7:30 AM
“Do or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda Since I received my diagnosis in August, Interluken-2 (IL2) has been something that was tossed around in a serious voice by every oncologist we spoke with. The initial view was that it was a long shot we didn’t want to try – something... Read more

Top 10 silver linings of having stage 4 melanoma

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 12:43 PM
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 it was the playoff beard, now we’re rocking the Fu Man Chu (poorly I may add), who knows what is next. 9. Mid-day naps – I average two. Per day... Read more

Patient #1: Getting the green light for chemo

Sunday, January 6, 2013, 4:00 AM
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 important, treatment for Stage 4 Melanoma. For you moms out there, I am almost in the third trimester – many surely remember the feelings of anxiety mixed... Read more

Patient #1: Beat cancer is my New Year’s resolution

Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 4:01 PM
res·o·lu·tion [rez-uh-loo-shuhn] noun - The state or quality of being resolute; firm determination. - A resolving to do something. - A course of action determined or decided on. - A formal statement of a decision or expression of opinion put before or adopted... Read more

Normalcy is the best Christmas present of all

Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 10:52 AM
My Dad asked me the other day, in a somewhat contentious debate about the merits of a day trip to Disney World being the best idea, “You’re not giving up or anything, are you?” His question, and concern, was understandable – after recovering and taking it easy for the last several... Read more
About this blog

Check Up is a blog for savvy health consumers, covering the latest developments, discoveries, and debates from the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

Charlotte Sutton Health and Science Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Tom Avril Inquirer Staff Writer, heart health and general science
Stacey Burling Inquirer Staff Writer, neuroscience and aging
Marie McCullough Inquirer Staff Writer, cancer and women's health
Don Sapatkin Inquirer Staff Writer, public health
David Becker, M.D. Board certified cardiologist, Chestnut Hill Temple Cardiology
Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. President, Pharmaceutical Business Research Associates
Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D. Cardiothoracic surgeon in the Philadelphia area
Amy J. Reed, M.D., Ph.D. Anesthesiologist and Surgical Intensivist in the Philadelphia Area
Latest Health Videos
Also on
letter icon Newsletter