Saturday, August 29, 2015

The importance of applying sunscreen

Friday, May 15, 2015, 3:22 PM
Believe it or not, Memorial Day Weekend is 168 hours away. It’s the start of summertime at the Shore – and prime sunburn season. Rather than bore you with my annual lectures on how to wear sunscreen and why, I’ll use recent news to highlight its importance, especially with the kids... Read more

Reflecting on some ups and downs

Friday, May 8, 2015, 9:16 AM
My New Year’s vow of more frequent updates has not exactly panned out how I thought it would. I have a ton of information and struggle sometimes to find the right context to present it. So let’s do a quick recap of some of the last few weeks’ ups and downs. Oh yea, my infusion and... Read more

A patient looks at 40

Friday, May 1, 2015, 11:50 AM
Yes I am a pirate, two hundred years too late. The cannons don't thunder, there’s nothing to plunder, I’m an over-40 victim of fate…” - Jimmy Buffett, ‘A Pirate Looks At 40’ Two birthdays ago, I received my second dose of an experimental melanoma treatment known... Read more

At AACR, patients' odds are shifting

Monday, April 20, 2015, 1:33 PM
If you see a bunch of very smart people wandering around Center City this week, it’s the 19,000 or so attendees at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting. These conferences happen every few months and are a chance for researchers to present ongoing studies to peers... Read more

A ‘cancervention’ for young adults facing cancer

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 2:57 PM
What do you do if you are a cancer patient in your twenties and can’t seem to find others like yourself? If you are Dakota Fisher-Vance and Cara Scharf, you start a cancer connection group that sponsors meet-ups for fellow survivors. This Saturday, those meet-ups will go to the next level with... Read more

'The alphabet soup' of cancer treatments

Friday, April 3, 2015, 3:33 PM
It took a while, but there are some scientific insights I gained at the Melanoma Research Alliance’s Scientific Retreat a month ago and the American Association of Cancer Research’s Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Conference in December. Most things I still don’t understand so... Read more

Jackie King: The lost voice of melanoma

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 9:52 AM
Being so involved in the melanoma world, I meet fellow cancer patients on a too-frequent basis. More and more, these patients are not of geriatric age, but my age or younger. One such patient, Jackie King, was diagnosed in 2012 with melanoma at age 19. She and I met while doing a video spot at... Read more

Where to find help after a diagnosis

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 12:05 PM
A friend and I had a conversation two months ago about where to turn if he were to get cancer. His answer? “I’d email you first, and then start Googling.” For those 1,658,370 people unlucky enough to get diagnosed with cancer this year, where will they go after stumbling out... Read more

Top 10 melanoma buzzwords from the Melanoma Research Alliance’s Scientific Retreat

Friday, March 13, 2015, 2:19 PM
1. Momentum Melanoma is leading the way on the crest of the immunotherapy treatments. I couldn’t get an active number of melanoma clinical trials involving immunotherapies, but it’s in the double digits (unfortunately, many – like mine – are already closed to new participants)... Read more

A surprise party for more than one Sharpe

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4:10 PM
I planned a birthday party for my five year old – and no one showed up. We had family coming in – my parents, Jen’s brother, my brother, and their families – for Josie’s Saturday afternoon birthday party in the park. She had requested a “hula party” for her... 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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