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D&C - Peter Bullard, 84, melanoma, with Dr. Elizabeth Buchbinder, Medical Oncology, Melanoma, Dana-Farber

Aug 30, 2016|

Peter was diagnosed in February 2015 with melanoma on his neck and also later diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had noticed a lump on his neck and after a biopsy learned it was melanoma. He was told without treatment he would not live. He underwent 2 surgeries on his neck and then started chemotherapy. He is still undergoing treatment for the tumors on his neck, abdomen and lungs all of which reducing or staying the same. He is treated with new immunotherapy agents, called checkpoint inhibitors, which take the breaks off the body’s immune system so that it can recognize and fight the cancer. This is the type of groundbreaking therapy that has produced dramatic remissions in patients that had previously untreatable disease. He is a retired bank officer and V.S. Naval officer; three of his grandchildren are in the service, Navy, Army and Coast Guard. He has been married for 63 years and has 4 children and 7 grandchildren. His hobbies include traveling, exercise and spending time with his family. He has been using rowing machine since a heart attack in 1990 and continues to do so at the rate of 1000 kilometers/year. He rows for a U.S. Navy Virtual team. Dr. Elizabeth Buchbinder can speak to how Dana-Farber is leading the way in immunotherapy agents, called checkpoint inhibitors, which take the breaks off the body’s immune system so that it can recognize and fight the cancer. It’s exactly the type of groundbreaking therapy that Dana-Farber is pushing and which has produced dramatic remissions in patients that had previously untreatable disease.

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Peter bowler is from Dartmouth and his doctor doctor Elizabeth book binder. Medical oncology melanoma at the Dana Farber. I'm reading here that melanoma cancer skin is by far the most common of all cancers with rates and I don't like this word. Rising for the last thirty years doctor explain when to me. Yet we've been seeing add an increase in now on all my it's not really clear why whether it's that we're getting more sun exposure something to do with. How you'd be is you know thinning of the ozone or other things that rates of melanoma have really been on the rise. We asked Curt Schilling this we asked doctor Ben is this when you see somebody with a cigarette legacy somebody with chewing tobacco in their mouth this weekend I was. Like a swimming pool and I saw a woman out there brown as a beaten and just in the noon day sun when you see that what are you play. So I tied to play I was raised going to the beach spending on my time outside my parents have kicked me out of the house I love the sun I'm one of those people that does. But you really have to learn had to be careful had to use sun screen cover up Wear hats and it's sad when they see people laying out there I'm often. Want to go over and kind of hand in the bottom. They're actually some really neat things happening where people actually putting up plans being dispensers a lot of beaches and pools which is just so close that people can lock up and just put their hand nano like Hewitt. For so I think it's unthinkable you Tina just look at this in the right here. He runs and plays golf and never wears a yes yes and puts IQ I do not myself straight that's inaccurate I don't Wear happened you'll license and you I do. Your whole face gets all red you gotta so he writes that you're right I do them jobs I had I don't serie. It could get it helps just to the countryman again in the face covered sense instead that when it comes down to it covering up is that I don't remember I don't sunscreen and remembered existing and execute it that's true it was really sunny and I'll send a teacher. Okay with a new face would burn. I don't remember anyone and remembered the of the numbers but that's a thirty that's a fifth at swept through without knowing who's going to Sharon had a good that's definitely. The way I didn't look at two more reasons these wouldn't disturb. That are up Peter Bullard from my Dartmouth was diagnosed with melanoma February 2050 you don't strike me as a beach guy won't of those that it took to the tanning bays or anything like that how did you end up with melanoma. Like here because I stayed out of this sign pretty much my whole life I never spent time lying on the beach. I did do a great deal was sailing but often wore a hat and I played a lot of tennis and golf in past years but. I really don't tell us seeing live Imus on person so. I think maybe I got it from somewhere out. I'll let that he would the tree you're still undergoing treatment correct and at what stage are you what are they doing for you. I get an infusion. Every. Every three weeks. Been doing that since January. After every four hour infusions. We do us good news. And MRI just to see how we're doing. And the last. Scan showed that the the things I have in many areas they're getting. Less or staying the same so we're very pleased and hopefully at some point. In the next. Few months. We can get off the infusions. For awhile and see how it goes. Doctor book binder and I'm reading a phrase here that I think is cook sort of speaks to what we're trying to accomplish today and that is Peter is also being treated with new immune know therapy. The word new enemy you know therapy speak to research and money donated. Yes yes exactly so. Peter is on one of these new immune treatments that actually works why not play in the cancer directly but making his immune system fight to cancer and it's really exciting. And it's working. Amazingly in melanoma but what's even more exciting it's it's working among cancer it's working in many other cancers and so slowly it's expanding. Into kind of all different areas of cancer treatment and a lot of their research behind it came out of money donated for cancer research which is really really exciting and we're seeing huge advances. When you're on a a ship in the navy when your navel officer did. What what number sun screen did you guys use technical I'm not in Edmonton and you know one hit the beaches of Normandy where a number that they tell the guys to gentlewoman can burn. I don't believe I used any sunscreen their ego and it is that that was. Cooers. 1953. In 1950. And I was aboard ship for a year. And then I was in recruit training and Bainbridge Maryland after a year. And I spent a lot of time outdoors. I guess I was normally. In uniform and. And hat on right now. Are you still sailing down on Dartmouth. Not anymore dolls I have some of the problems but I I raced for many years with a friend of mine I was a navigator. And to have did you guys got lost it was your fault. It was my assistant and when we had a rock I wish her well it was my. And we did that if it. Popular vote thanks very much doctor book binder thanks for coming in and sharing some information with us we appreciate it thank you I'm much.

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