Most people have no idea that I had brain cancer but back in 2003, I was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade 4 in my left, lateral lobe the size of a golf ball. I was 33 years old, a father, an ocean lifeguard, a high school teacher and a water polo coach. At the time of the diagnosis, I had a three year old daughter and my wife was 7.5 months pregnant with our son. After being told I had just two months to live, I quickly made appointments at two other medical centers to receive 2nd and 3rd opinions. It turned out to be the best choice I ever made!
I decided to have everything done at UCLA. I had a 12 hour “brain mapping” surgery, 6 weeks of radiation and 2 years of Temador (chemo); 21 days on with 7 days off. Most importantly, knowing that standard treatment statistics for GBM patients were not positive, upon diagnosis I asked about possible clinical trials I could be enrolled in. Luckily my surgeon created one; the DC-Vax, Phase I Clinical Trial.
With Northwest Biotherapeudics, Inc. and Linda Liau’s (surgeon/clinical trial creator) help, I am still here My son was born just nine days after surgery. I teach, coach, swim and surf again.
It has now been 13 years and 9 months since I participated as the 4th patient in the DC-Vax Clinical Trial. DC-Vax had no negative side effects. Immunotherapy allowed my normal life to return without sadness or fear.
More patients and their families need to know a better treatment is available and where to go. LIVE LIFE, LOVE LIFE!
Northwest Biotherapeudics, Inc.