For this former USC basketball star, NHL (not hockey) became a life mission
LA TIMES writer Jerry Crowe captured this poignant story about a former basketball star for the University of Southern California. His NBA playing career was cut short by Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but he has reached the ripe age of 69 despite the trials and travails of managing the disease for virtually his entire adult lifetime.
Former USC basketball star John Rudometkin continues to fight on — for his life
John Rudometkin, a two-time All-American who led USC to its last outright conference title in men's basketball, walks alongside his wife, Carolyn, at his home in Newcastle, Calif. (Robert Durell / For The Times / May 6, 2010)
A two-time All-American for the Trojans in the early 1960s, Rudometkin survived a bout with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that derailed his NBA career. Now, at 69, the long-term aftereffects of the treatments that saved him are threatening his life.
ACOR▶ a large collection of cancer-related online email lists, which has delivered millions of email messages to subscribers across the globe. https://goo.gl/mjrQ77
An INTRANET is a private network accessible only to an organization's staff or members. Generally a wide range of information and services from the organization's internal IT systems are available that would not be available to the public from the Internet. By function, ACORis an INTRANETsite.
When a #Canswerist (aka cancer survivor or caregiver) looks to begin or extend research for their diagnosis (DX), the world wide web (or internet) is a logical starting points. Typically, such a search may lead to discovery on a range of INTRANETS.
Bone marrow transplants, aka stem cell transplants (SCT) offer a second chance for people with life-threatening blood cancers and other hematologic malignancies. I know because I am one of the SCT success stories from the place known as City of Hope (COH).▶ COH performed its first bone marrow transplant in 1976. Since then, thousands of patients from virtually every state and dozens of countries have undergone bone marrow, cord blood or stem cell transplants at COH.▶ Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the transplantation of multipotent hematopoietic stem cells, usually derived from bone marrow, peripheral blood, or umbilical cord blood.▶ It may be autologous (the patient's own stem cells are used), allogeneic (the stem cells come from a donor) or syngeneic (from an identical twin).▶ It is a medical procedure in the field of hematology, most often performed for patients with certain cancers of the blood or bone marrow, such as multiple myeloma, lymphoma (my DX) or …
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▶ First day of the winter solstice arrived yesterday and that generally means no real change in the weather conditions for Southern California, but we have finally had a few days of partly-cloudy rain to initiate the official changing of the seasons▶ Unfortunately and personally, the last few months have been mostly marked with prolonged and unrelenting respiratory distress, officially diagnosed last Friday as acute bronchitis.
▶ A new cocktail of medicines have been prescribed: 1) Ibratropium Bromide nasal spray; 2) Prednisone, a steroid; and 3) Benzonatate, a cough suppressant. All of this followed my third IVIG in three months since September at City of Hope, as that last procedure generally lasts me for six months, but not at this time. Immune system issues remain and underlying challenge in my ninth year post DX with mantle cell lymphoma and eight years post the allogeneic stem ce…