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Archive: June, 2013

Patient #1 anticipates results from his first PD-1 scans

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 12:13 PM
“The waiting is the hardest part, every day you get one more yard. You take it on faith, you take it to the heart, the waiting is the hardest part” Tom Petty and my nephew Tyler both sing about the difficulties of delayed gratification; Petty in front of 20,000 fans, Tyler in front of... Read more

The price you pay for success

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 12:07 PM
Dose #4 of PD-1 was last Thursday, and sometimes things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes, you take the good doses for granted as a sure sign of “getting better”. And sometimes, a taste of normal literally reminds you life is different when battling billions of your own cells... Read more

For Patient #1's wife, Melanoma is a thief

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 10:18 AM
When T.J. asked me to write a blog post about being a caregiver, I had no idea where to start. Should I take this opportunity to thank the countless people who have given so much love and support? Should I keep it positive, or talk about the fear constantly creeping inside my mind? Do I talk about... Read more

When medicine alone can't fix your health problem

Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 9:36 AM
Anyone who knows T.J. Sharpe knows he is anything but average. Even during the most difficult fight of his life, he thinks of others, and tries to answer life’s most difficult questions. However, his health concerns, and search for nutritional answers, are common ones. My name is Dr. Michael... Read more

Patient #1 plays sun smart

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 12:08 PM
Major League Baseball has, for the last 15 years, sponsored an initiative called Play Sun Smart. Alongside the American Academy of Dermatology, the program promotes skin cancer awareness, encourages baseball fans to get their skin examined for potential cancerous spots, and encourages sun safe behavior... 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.

Follow T.J. on Twitter and Facebook. Reach T.J. at Patient1@tjsharpe.com.

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