At the CTRC, it has been our mission for nearly 40 years to help our patients Choose Life Over Cancer. Through our compassionate and innovative care, we are able to offer hope to the thousands of patients who walk through our doors each year. The stories below are just a few examples of our resilient and remarkable patients whose lives have been changed by their experience at the CTRC. We at the CTRC have forever been changed by the opportunity to be a part of our patients' lives and their treatment.
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In September 2012 upon arrival at CTRC for my next round of week-long infusion, new CT-Scan in hand, I was told: No NEED! You are IN REMISSION!
At age 40, birthdays didn't really matter much anymore. So for my 40th birthday, and every year after, I took the day off from my corporate environment to spend the day at my local physician's office getting a full head-to-toe physical. The BEST birthday present I could give to myself was a clean bill of health: I'm good to go!
But at age 50, my world fell apart. My annual physical came back with this finding: B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, stage 4! My family physician referred me to local oncology providers for further analysis and treatment. Six months of CHOP chemotherapy did NOTHING, so I was sent to the Baylor Medical Center in Dallas to pursue a stem-cell transplant. The allogeneic process (donor stem cells) was too RISKY (in my opinion) for me to pursue , so I chose the autologous route, using my own stem cells after a three month long "clean up his system" routine. A year afterward, the lymphoma re-lapsed: they didn't get it all.
So I enrolled in one of CTRC's clinical trials, code name YM-155. This protocol was a three-week cycle: one week of slow (portable) infusion, then two weeks off to recover. I drove from McKinney, Texas (north of Dallas) to San Antonio to get "hooked up" and came home and worked for that week, infusion ongoing. At the end of seven days' infusion I drove to San Antonio for unhooking and returned home (and to work) for two weeks. Then the cycle started anew, with full body CT-scans every 4th cycle to chart PROGRESS. This CTRC Adventure began in July 2005 . . . In September 2012 upon arrival at CTRC for my next round of week-long infusion, new CT-Scan in hand, I was told: No NEED! You are IN REMISSION!
I do visit CTRC every six months now just to ensure CONTINUING REMISSION! That's my story.
PS: If you pursue medical treatment and can fly Southwest Airlines, your round-trip airfare is furnished by Southwest at no charge!
Debrah Mohan is a six year survivor of Ampullary Cancer - a rare cancer that affects the first portion of the small intestine.
Otto Lemus is a 70 year old brain tumor survivor, and the very first participant to join the CTRC Fitness Center exercise program.
Divina "DeeDee" Child
DeeDee was treated for cancer at the CTRC from 2008-2011. Read her original poetry relating her experience.
January 27, 2011
Divina Child (Dee Dee)
January 27, 2011