Part 9 of Harley's video diary, recorded 41 days after his stem cell transplant. In this video, Harley discusses the importance of patience. Don't expect to leave the hospital and everything will be back to normal. It takes time.
Harley Hudson, a chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patient, decided to undergo a stem cell transplant after years of CLL treatment. Harley underwent chemotherapy treatment at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as a part of a clinical trial, and then began preparing for his stem cell transplant at MD Anderson.
The Moon Shots Program is an unprecedented effort to dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce cancer deaths.
Speaking at a Sept. 21 news conference, President Ronald DePinho, M.D., said that a decade from now, the success of the new Moon Shots Program will be measured by patient mortality and nothing more.
The Moon Shots Program is bringing together sizable multidisciplinary groups of researchers and clinicians to mount comprehensive attacks on eight cancers initially. They are: Acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, melanoma, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and
women's cancers - triple-negative breast and high-grade serous ovarian, which are linked at the molecular level.
"Hold on. Be strong. Can you feel it getting better?"
These words are the chorus of the original song "Hold On, " written and performed by Greg Lizee, Ph.D., associate professor in MD Anderson's Melanoma Medical Oncology department. The song's message is simple: Hope. It's about positivity, patience and faith -- faith that things will get better. You have to hold on through the bad times to reach the good.