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Will cancer give me a chance to show my kids Key West?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:37 PM
Life took a few unexpected turns in the past week. First, quickly, the medical. Scans showed growth in one non-targeted tumor, and after meeting with Dr. Patterson at Holy Cross yesterday, the feeling we got was that there is a good chance the medicine has stopped working, or will soon. We still need... Read more

A pothole to navigate on the bumpy road to recovery

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 3:46 PM
Part of our life has revolved around the cyclical scans that give us a roller coaster of emotions – the anticipation of results, followed by, in every case, the exhale of relief after seeing tumors shrink. In every case, except the scans from the first week of June. We had a pretty good first... Read more

Making time for the ones that matter

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 3:28 PM
If you’ve ever met me, at some point you realize, “this guy knows a LOT of people, and somehow still stays in touch with most of them” – a personality trait that occasionally drives Jen a little crazy. It usually means a trip to, well, anywhere tends to fill up with social... Read more

Tales from BIO: How the conference influences my treatment

Friday, June 27, 2014, 5:01 PM
Hillary Clinton, more immunotherapy talk, even more personalized medicine talk, and exhibitor-hopping highlighted the second day of BIO in San Diego this week. After skipping Sir Richard Branson’s keynote due to absurdly long entrance lines, I wasn’t surprised that convention-goers were... Read more

Tales from BIO: Tumor genomes and personalized medicine

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 11:56 AM
In an effort to be a real member of the media, here is the best I could come up with from Day 1 of the BIO International Convention in San Diego. Three years ago, Philadelphia’s own Fox Chase Cancer Center teamed up with Life Technologies to map tumor genomes in cancer patients, with the goal... Read more

Tales from DIA: A new world of personalized, patient-centric medicine

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 4:04 PM
My latest melanoma adventure has me in San Diego for back-to-back conferences over 10 days in two overlapping industries. It’s a long time to be away from the family, especially with a bit of the unknown hanging over us from the last scan – Tony Gwynn passing away from cancer the day I... Read more

How golf outings, walks, and runs are giving life to others

Thursday, June 19, 2014, 4:25 PM
Susan Fazio and Peggy Spiegler, two ladies I never met, have made an impact on my melanoma battle. Plus, we have a few things in common. First, they were local gals, Susan from Blue Bell, Peggy from Cherry Hill. They were also a generation ahead of me, but their kids and I are the same age –... Read more

Tales from ASCO: The future of cancer research

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 11:14 AM
ASCO 2014 was more than just big headlines – press releases trickled in for the entire week afterwards, and while the major announcements hit the wires in real time, the smaller findings and stories had their time to shine, too. Here is a little more insight about the future of cancer research... Read more

Tales from ASCO: Q&A with MRA’s Chief Science Officer Louise Perkins

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 10:07 AM
What do you do when you step into a pool of 33,000 cancer experts at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting and your scientific knowledge lies right around #32,995 on that list? (I had to know more than at least five people at that conference, right?) Well, I’ll tell you what... Read more

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
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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