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Diagnosed with an extremely rare form of bone cancer, a Claresholm man is undergoing a unique treatment regime in Calgary, vowing to beat the disease.

Suffering from metastatic small blue cell cancer, Devin McCutcheon, 29, underwent the first of two stem cell transplants Thursday at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, part of a rigorous treatment campaign created by doctors here in conjunction with Dr. Jonathan Finlay, a Los Angeles-based oncologist who has successfully treated this type of cancer in the past.


What makes McCutcheon’s case rare is the fact Finlay had only seen metastatic small blue cell cancer in children under five, meaning there was no treatment protocol for adults.

Cancer-fighter Devin McCutcheon outside the Tom Baker

“It’s totally different (chemotherapy) recipes than what they’ve seen here before,” said McCutcheon.

“In one way it’s good because now they know a lot from what I’ve had and what they’ve had to do.”

The second transplant is scheduled for two months from now.

This is actually McCutcheon’s second battle against the disease, his first diagnosis coming two years ago while he was working in the northern Alberta oilsands.

Suffering from chronic headaches he thought was the result of an abscessed tooth, McCutcheon went for further tests after removing the tooth didn’t stop the pain.

It was then doctors discovered he had an aggressive brain tumour — called a medulloblastoma — which was removed in December 2009, followed by nearly six weeks of intense radiation therapy.

One year later, McCutcheon was given a clean bill of health on what he calls “the best day of my life.”

Cleared to return to work, McCutcheon was back in the oilsands for just a few weeks when he developed intense pain in his hip.

Further tests revealed the worst — bone cancer in both hips, his pelvis, spine, left shoulder blade and collar bone.

At first doctors told McCutcheon he would likely die from the disease, but that “just wasn’t an option” for him.

“I’m just doing what I gotta do to get through it,” he said.

“You can’t just lay down or you won’t win and I’m winning.

Along with beating the disease, McCutcheon said his goal is to one day meet Finlay.

“I would love to shake that man’s hand and say ‘thank you very much,’ because I was told by two specialists here I wouldn’t make it.”

dave.dormer@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @SunDaveDormer

Posted: 7/31/2011 3:31:38 PM by Guest Blogger | with 0 comments


Are you or a loved one interested in receiving stem cell treatment? For free information, please fill out our treatment form or email me don@repairstemcells.org and just put TREATMENT in the subject box and the MEDICAL CONDITION in the message.
Maureen Feighan/ The Detroit News
 
St. Clair Shores— Leaning against the coffee table in his family's living room, 8-year-old Kaden Strek has a joke up his sleeve.
 
Kaden, who has cerebral palsy and is legally blind, knocks on the table with a curled hand.
"Knock, knock," says his mom, Eddie. "Who's there?"
"Boo," says Kaden, eyes downcast, head bowed to his chest, his voice garbled.
"Boo hoo," responds Eddie, sending Kaden into a fit of giggles.
 
He was born three months early to an addict mom, and Kaden's short life has been anything but lighthearted. Doctors gave him just days to live and predicted he would be a "vegetable" if he survived.
 
Kaden had other plans. Today, he walks with a walker, uses a variety of words and some sign language to communicate, and is obsessed with the children's music group the Wiggles.
 
"It's his M.O. He proves people wrong," said dad Tom, who, with Eddie, has fostered Kaden since birth, adopting him at 2.
 
Now, Tom and Eddie, short for Elisabeth, are hoping Kaden will defy the odds again — this time with the help of controversial stem cell transplants for which they'll travel more than 6,000 miles to China later this month. The goal: to improve Kaden's vision, balance and speech.

Kaden will receive four transplants using umbilical cord stem cells at China's Beike Biotechnology, a company that treats more than 200 international patients every month. Kaden also will get six weeks of intense physical and occupational therapy during their stay.
 
"This has the possibility to change his life," said Eddie Strek, a former paralegal and executive assistant. "I have to try because that possibility exists. I don't think I could live with myself if I didn't try."
Since stem cell therapy for cerebral palsy is not available in the United States, insurers don't cover the treatment, meaning patients pay out of pocket.
 
The Strek family has already raised $45,000 of the $50,000 needed for their trip through fundraisers, but the family will need another $18,000 for equipment and therapy when they return home.
 
 
Posted: 6/7/2011 2:38:07 PM by Guest Blogger | with 0 comments


Are you or a loved one interested in receiving stem cell treatment? For free information, please fill out our treatment form or email me don@repairstemcells.org and just put TREATMENT in the subject box and the MEDICAL CONDITION in the message.
EXCELLENT RESPONSE IN 5 YEAR-OLD GIRL WITH CEREBRAL PALSY/BRAIN DAMAGE AT BIRTH
March 6, 2010

The quality and quantity of a doctor's Repair Stem Cell treatment created a unique response in a 5 year-old girl with brain damage, paralyzed since birth [her SC treatment was performed at a stem cell clinic very recently].

Three days after infusion of 40 million [umbilical and placenta] stem cells prepared by the doctor's lab, the parents of the child called stating that their little girl started crawling into cabinets, then walking into cabinets & closets, pulling at objects and wandering about in their home.

This is the first time [she's ever done any of this] since birth 5 years ago. This is so far the best results that this doctor and another treating stem cell doctor has seen in the dozens of children treated. [The huge improvements are attribute to] Great stem cell culture and expansion in quantity to 40 million. All of the treating doctor's stem cells are fresh, unfrozen stem cells expanded in an incubator.

Not only is there no freezing, there is no DMSO used (Dimethyl sulfoxide - a chemical added to the Repair Stem Cells to prevent damage during freezing). No chemicals at all.
Posted: 3/8/2010 4:18:45 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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