Sunday, February 7, 2016

Speaking from the heart with Patient Empowerment Network

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 11:34 AM
This spring, I had the honor of speaking as part of a panel of doctors and patients in Phoenix, AZ, for a one-day melanoma town hall produced by the advocacy site Andrew Schorr, a two-time cancer survivor and founder of Patient Power, hosted the event that brought together a local... Read more

Patient #1 takes a good, hard look in the mirror

Monday, August 31, 2015, 6:00 AM
Hey T.J., it’s your reflection speaking. You’ve had quite a few months this July and August. Three infusions, and a scan, with stable disease. You’re always optimistic, right? Well, yes. I feel great. Thanks for asking. Your son’s third birthday, packing up one residence... Read more

A few bits of advice for President Carter

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 5:28 PM
I don’t usually watch TV during my infusions, but then again, former Presidents of the United States don’t usually announce their melanoma diagnosis. As widely reported, Jimmy Carter has cancer – not brain cancer, not liver cancer, but melanoma in his brain and liver. He’s... Read more

Patient #1 puts life into perspective

Friday, August 21, 2015, 1:26 PM
Starting Tuesday morning, one patient (we’ll call him Patient 1) went through a whirlwind 36 hours. It was a non-stop, pendulum-swinging, life-changing day and a half. Let’s start with the picture above (the top half); we woke up Tuesday morning to Jen’s Time Hop flashing back this... Read more

Patient #1 draws inspiration from local MLB player

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 12:42 PM
Cape May native and former Villanova two-sport star Matt Szczur was called up to the Chicago Cubs this week. His story has been told before – the ESPN E:60 episode ‘Risking It All’ was done nearly two years ago – but if you haven’t heard it, it’s worth a few minutes... Read more

40 for 40: An infusion milestone

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:47 AM
With Keytruda dose number 40 last week, my infusions have officially caught up with my age (which I previously thought to be impossible). It has been a whirlwind month, and there are some days I wake up feeling every day of 40 (or more). We stalled a bit over the last few weeks with life trumping blogging... Read more

Catching up with Christine Pierre and clinical trials

Friday, July 10, 2015, 1:41 PM
Clinical trials have been a consistent theme in this blog and I continue to advocate trial participation for melanoma and other cancers. Forbes recently wrote an article on my involvement with the work done by Christine Pierre, the president of the Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS). Wait,... Read more

From Patient #1 to supporting son

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 12:40 PM
Well, this is different. I live with cancer, I write about it, I advocate for advancement in treatment, I communicate with cancer patients, and I attend oncology conferences and melanoma fundraisers to support those endeavors. What I have yet to do is care for a cancer patient. Until today. My mom... Read more

Tara Miller: Making the best of it

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 10:30 AM
I have done a few stories on fellow cancer patients, and one in particular continues to resonate with the mission of the Patient #1 blog. Tara Miller grew up at the Jersey Shore, not far from where my grandparents lived, and was set to be the next big legal expert in Atlantic County until melanoma... Read more

How to understand clinical trial results

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 10:57 AM
After ASCO 2015 finished, I sat down to write about it… and hours later, I was still procrastinating. That’s when an email came through that prompted an 800-word comments-section response on an alternative cancer blog. The post was “debunking” the media take on the “big... 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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