The key to finding new and better treatments for cancer lies in research. Huntsman Cancer Institute has numerous clinical trials open for enrollment. The following clinical trials are aimed at improving current and future outcomes of transplants for a variety of hematological diseases.
|"I was admitted to the hospital in April 2009. The doctors I initially saw knew something was seriously wrong, but they weren't sure exactly what it was. It looked like some type of blood cancer, probably leukemia. But when further tests concluded it was multiple myeloma, the doctors suggested I go to the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) to receive my treatment.|
"The doctor who became my oncologist at HCI later told me the diagnosing physicians did not really think I had much of a chance when I was sent to him, but he always knew I was curable. I was just about as close to death as you can come when I made it to the BMT inpatient unit. I was scared out of my mind. But I also had faith, thanks to the doctors' reassurance, that I could get better. And I did. We went with an aggressive treatment to attack an aggressive disease that had ravaged my body, fracturing every single vertebra, leaving me unable to walk or even sit up on my own for months. My kidneys almost shut down completely due to all of the calcium passing through them from my bone deterioration.
"Those first few weeks of my diagnosis were some of the scariest of my life, but the doctors acted quickly and efficiently to get me back on the road to recovery. I always felt like they had my best interest at heart, which made me want to help out when they asked if I would take part in a clinical study, even when I found out my treatment would not be any different and it would just serve to help out those who would be facing this same disease in the future.
"Through the weeks, months, and now years, the nurses, doctors, physician assistants, and all the staff have become one of the strongest parts of my support group. When I go up to the clinic for my routine visits I honestly feel like I'm visiting my family and I'm happy to be there. It makes it so much easier to deal with such a heavy burden when you know you are surrounded by the strong arms of people who are always willing to help hold you up. Even though some of my darkest days were spent with the BMT staff, it means so much to know that they were always there for me and will always be there for me in some way or other, no matter what."—Brandon Plewe
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