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Archive: February, 2013

The final scans to find out if Patient #1 is cancer-free

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 6:00 AM
A big week lies ahead for the Sharpes. It’s the tropical music fest in Tampa all weekend, the Phillies-Blue Jays play at Bright House Networks field Sunday afternoon (bleeping Joe Carter), and the Strawberry Festival is in Plant City on Monday. Oh yea, and we get a couple of scans at Moffitt... Read more

The final treatment for Patient #1

Friday, February 22, 2013, 6:00 AM
So, this is it. The final dose of Yervoy – the last dose of anything – for my trial was Wednesday afternoon. After those last 90 mL flushed through, we have no more medical procedures (well, aside from blood draws, which at this point are like chewing gum, if gum stuck you in the arm with... Read more

Giving kids with cancer a night of normalcy through A Prom To Remember

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 9:00 AM
Since the last several posts all offered way more T.J. and cancer information than you ever wanted to know, today I’ll go in a different direction. Having attended my second wedding in eight days (congrats Brandon and Christine!!), I gave the same medical updates to a completely new group of... Read more

'Everyone believes in me so much and I can't let that many people down'

Friday, February 15, 2013, 6:00 AM
"To me, there are three things that we all should do every day, we do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh; you should laugh every day. Number two is think; you should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions move to tears, could it be happiness or... Read more

Doctor diagnoses first case of testicular cancer on himself

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6:00 AM
I have been a family physician since 2003. In those nine years, despite thousands of patients, I had never diagnosed one case of testicular cancer – that was until October 3, 2011, when I diagnosed myself. As physicians, we are required to pass a board examination every eight years to remain... Read more

Patient #1: I went 3 rounds with Jose Yervoy

Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 10:20 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
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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