WEEI>On Demand>>OMF - Kai Lam, 38, anaplastic astrocytoma, a type of brain cancer, with Dr. David Reardon, clinical director, Center of Neuro-Oncology, Dana-Farber

OMF - Kai Lam, 38, anaplastic astrocytoma, a type of brain cancer, with Dr. David Reardon, clinical director, Center of Neuro-Oncology, Dana-Farber

Aug 30, 2016|

Kai was diagnosed 5 years ago in the fall of 2011 with grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare type of brain cancer. He had a seizure at work. He's had 3 surgeries, 2 rounds of radiation, two 12-month cycles of chemotherapy. His family includes his wife Xia and 5-year-old son Tian. His interests include boating, traveling, and playing the drums. He's a huge fan of all Boston sports teams. Dr. David Reardon, clinical director, Center of Neuro-Oncology, Dana-Farber. Besides a skilled clinician, Dr. Reardon is an active researcher with special interests in the design and implementation of clinical trials for neuro-oncology and the pre-clinical evaluation of promising therapeutics for central nervous system tumor patients. His work includes using innovative clinical therapeutic agents to improve the cure rates in patients with brain and spinal tumors, with particular focus on the use of novel “tumor-targeting” therapeutics. He also is working on immunotherapy drugs or "vaccines" to help in the treatment of brain tumors.

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Let me introduce you to Thailand. He's 38 years of h.'s doctor doctor David Reardon who's the political director. The center of neuro oncology Dana Farber is also one of the researchers. That is making a lot of the advancements through these clinical trials that it's allowing us to sit here and give you great success stories. So kite give us your story apparently five years ago you were at war games and suddenly you have a seizure. Yes Lou was. September 2011. And had a few headaches. That year and let attributed it to having not yet one year old boy at home. Finish him Miami VA Regis but a new house so a lot of events happening in my life. And just pop the island on autos. Just headaches from that from my stressful life. And one day goes in work and lots feeling in my arms. And us. Didn't know what to attributed that to end told my wife about that. And then about two or three days later same thing happened but in a worse way and really disclose on my way to a meeting carrying my laptop and copy. And all this fell right out of my hands in and I went that's that meeting stupidly. A text from my dedicated and only about that I went also play in the do and told my wife about it over instant messaging I think there was. And she came down to the office and pulled me out of the office right away and says you know we got to go to get this checked out went up the Salem hospital actually where we live. And they did a quick cat scan and then bounced me down to. Brigham and women's. And because they had seen amassed there Abbott the cat scan and then very own women's kind of did the rest and link me up with doctor named Dana Farber and away we go and it's. Think it was 312 to two brain surgeries and then one night I had water in the brand. A few months after. And then two rounds became low end. Some radiation in there as well honestly I don't always remember all of it because I don't blame blocking out. 212 month cycles now. That's that's tough couple of years two or three years following. It was immunized I had a good fortune and that's opposed of having. The chemo the not intravenous but rather through tablet. And doctor and to talk a little bit more than about but the carrier's chief Dana Farber has been non. One of the best happy is accidents of my life you know I just we had no my wife and I had no decision. Go within a farmer or any other. Institute is truly an emergency situation. And I can imagine who would have been an up and ending. And he better hands and doctor Riordan and all the caregivers and the Dana Farber so we've been really really fortunate that way. You know there's for every person we talked to there is an office there's an obvious. Relationship patient doctor relationship and I'm just curious to agree as we meet so many different patients. To the all kind of start at one hospital whether it's Norwood is whoever they are they started hostile next you know they. And it worked with the position. Are there any. Cases that you. Just can't handle Izard you capping it or does it is everybody welcome you find time for every single patient comes knocking your door. Good got a via. Some you know lot of heavy load and you also. Just workload. Well. We. I'm fortunate to work with a really outstanding team. And it takes a team. Approach really to take care of the patients with cancer especially during cancer. That we have just outstanding nurses. Midlevel providers nurse practitioners physician's assistants of social workers psychology. It's. Research that's phenomenal. We can't do I can do we do every day without all of those people in place. And everybody plays a critical role everybody contributes to peace an important piece to the care of our patients like coli. And fortunately I think because of that team approach and because a lot of research and and efforts that are being done to better understand these cancers we're developing better treatments that are helping people live longer. And and beat the odds with these are very challenging tumors caused a great example of patient now five years out. Who's doing remarkably well and I I think our team deserves some credit but I also feel and his family. Phenomenal people wonderful people deserve a lot of credit as well for their fortitude and correction and hanging in there through a lot of tough times. You know duck I think you almost a perfect person here to talk today's cars donating money with what you do rate researcher implementing different clinical trials of in your. You imagine getting close to two years but maybe the money not being there right in and out there that will be frustrating I would imagine how important is today. In raising money to allow you to do what you can do and say people. Of today isn't and this effort news is critical we could not do what we're doing every day. With the research going on in the laboratories. With the research going on in the clinic. With the staff we need without the support. From this telethon men and all of TV effort here. On these dollars critically make a difference the funding from the national cancer institute and other supporting agencies is an all time low. Many of the research product front projects would literally die on the vine without this effort without the support. We wouldn't be able to contain continue with their own with moving them forward. And that would be a tragedy that would be terrible. Doctor thank you very much for all the you do the research you do in guy. Best of luck to you my friend and thank you very much can you make your honor he meant to awful lot so good luck to you okay thanks so much thank you very much.

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