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The rookie’s guide to navigating the 2014 ASCO annual meeting

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12:46 PM
I was prepared to be overmatched medically speaking when I walked into ASCO’s 2014 annual meeting; but I definitely was not prepared for the few hours it took me just to get caught up the “overmatched” level I had anticipated. So, with that in mind, follow along with my aptly named... Read more

Findings from 'Melanoma Monday' at American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) annual meeting

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 1:18 PM
I spent this past weekend in Chicago covering the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) annual meeting. There are quite a number of follow up stories from the weekend that will be published over the next few weeks; but first, here is a quick recap from “Melanoma Monday,” which... Read more

A month-long adventure, all in the name of cancer

Friday, May 30, 2014, 10:15 AM
This spring has given me chance after chance to become much more ingrained in the melanoma community. The GSK Melanoma Blogger Symposium was just one stop in a month-long adventure that has taken me to six different states to talk about, learn about, write about, and mingle with those in the melanoma... Read more

3 similarities cancer bloggers share in their journeys, writings

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 3:52 PM
GlaxoSmithKline sponsored a Melanoma Blogger Symposium on Monday at their Navy Yard offices (which, if you haven’t seen, are pretty spectacular). Their goal, during Melanoma Awareness month, was to better understand how us blogger types communicate to our audience and, in turn, how GSK can better... Read more

Sharing my story for the benefit of others

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 2:47 PM
When you realize that your face is better suited for radio than TV, the obvious thing to do is avoid the camera as much as possible, right? Well, that hasn’t really been the case with certain melanoma patients recently. It started innocently enough with an advocate video telling my story for... Read more

The face of Melanoma has changed – literally

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 9:54 AM
For one in every 10 patients getting PD-1, a curious-looking side effect brings us together with the King of Pop, mixed martial arts, America’s Top Models, and (sort of) Disney. As you can see, my face has changed, and it’s the result of vitiligo – the loss of pigmentation in the... Read more

A game-changer for those battling melanoma

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:51 PM
It is a good feeling when you pick a winner – whether it is the Super Bowl coin toss, Smarty Jones in the Derby (was that really 10 years ago?), or, oh, a lifesaving melanoma drug in clinical trial. Following up last April’s designation as a Breakthrough Therapy, and the announcement two... Read more

Get Naked on Melanoma Monday

Monday, May 5, 2014, 12:42 PM
I suppose it’s a good thing when your mortal nemesis has both its own day and month for people to understand the disease and advocate against it, right? Today is designated as “Melanoma Monday.” I think the idea for the first Monday in May to be melanoma-related was by the American... Read more

This is me taking it easy, I swear

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 11:51 AM
Infusion No. 19 was last Wednesday and it was as uneventful as they come, unlike the few days that followed it. We are halfway through the trial, my friends, with tumors just under a third of their original size. Sounds like a good reason to have a bit of a festive weekend, right? A long, fun weekend... Read more

Alternative therapies: What role have they played in my recovery?

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 3:51 PM
One constant question I get asked is what role diet, nutrition, and supplements have played in my recovery. A year after diving headfirst into the nutrition and supplement world, I judge the results as decidedly “mixed.” I am getting better – that is evident in both scans and how... Read more
About this blog
T.J. Sharpe is sharing his fight against Stage 4 Melanoma. A South Jersey native and Bishop Eustace graduate, he currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL with his wife Jennifer and children Josie and Tommy. He was Patient #1 in a clinical trial at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa as the first person worldwide to use this sequence of treatments to fight melanoma, and is currently in a second clinical trial at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale receiving Merck’s anti-PD-1 drug Lambrolizumab

The Patient #1 blog will update the progress of T.J.'s fight against cancer, and also touch on many cancer-related topics.

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