Authors: T.J. Sharpe
Many patients speak of their “cancerversary” as the day they either were diagnosed with, completed treatment for, or were declared without any evidence of cancer. Simply finishing a therapy may be all that is needed to remove malignant cells from our bodies. However, it does not eradicate all of cancer’s ripple effects. Here is a reminder from patients to their medical care team about what lingers when we leave your facilities and re-enter the “normal world.”
“Here is a reminder from patients to their medical care team about what lingers when we leave your facilities and re-enter the normal world.”
T.J. Sharpe is a Stage IV melanoma patient who shares his journey through cancer in the Patient #1 Blog on www.oncology-central.com, www.philly.com/patient1/, www.SkinCancer.net, and on www.NovartisOncology.com. He was diagnosed in August 2012 with melanoma tumors in multiple organs, only 4 weeks after his second child was born. Since then, he has undergone six surgeries and four immunotherapy treatments over two different clinical trials. The initial failures, and subsequent complete response, have been chronicled in his blog posts since December 2012. In addition to writing, he is a keynote speaker and consultant to the biopharma and clinical research industries, bringing an educated patient voice as a true stakeholder in challenging healthcare’s status and making a difference in patients’ lives via his company, Starfish Harbor LLC. A South Jersey native, T.J. lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL, with his wife Jennifer and two young children, Josie and Tommy.