Young Cancer Patient's Tenacity Inspires Family, Friends and Strangers

Jimmy E. is a remarkable man. Inspired by the doctors who helped him overcome a rare form of childhood cancer, he forged a career as a skilled surgical nurse in southern California, driven by an urge to serve others. But more than 30 years after beating cancer, Jimmy developed a persistent fever, pneumonia and fluid around his lungs. This time, the diagnosis was a more insidious disease — malignant pleural mesothelioma. Jimmy, who recently turned 38, is far too young for a disease that typically strikes the elderly. As he struggles to rise above each setback, now it's Jimmy inspiring others around him, including family, friends and strangers he never met, and never will. In the last three months, 122 people have contributed more than $12,200 to his “Please Help Jimmy!” campaign on GoFundMe.com. The goal is to reach $25,000 to cover medical costs. "I never knew, never guessed, that there were so many people who cared and would reach out to help," said Linda, his mother and primary caregiver. "There are people all over the world who are praying for him now. It's been amazing to see how people have responded. In a way, it's been inspiring to see." First Encounter with Cancer Cancer first struck Jimmy at age six. Doctors told his parents he had fibrosarcoma, a rare, soft-tissue cancer that originated around his jaw. They said there was a 70 percent chance he would die soon. Multiples surgeries, high-dose radiation and several rounds of...
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Source: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
ConclusionWhen performing kidney transplantation in patients with PBS, urinary tract anomalies should be thoroughly evaluated. Our surgical procedure will help to reduce complications after kidney transplantation.
Source: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Abstract Natural medicinal substances (NMS) have great inconsistency due to chemical variability, seriously limiting their development as therapeutics. Here, we chose toad venom with anti-tumor activities as a model and developed a pipeline of metabolomics-based screening and quality consistency control (MSQCC) as one potential solution to this long-standing problem. Our study firstly exemplified the power of the co-correlation screen of metabolomic and biological profiles of 180 fractions prepared from natural heterogeneous venom samples, to identify a series of bufadinolides as quality control markers for cancer...
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Paeoniflorin inhibits IL-1β-induced MMP secretion via the NF-κB pathway in chondrocytes. Exp Ther Med. 2018 Aug;16(2):1513-1519 Authors: Hu PF, Sun FF, Jiang LF, Bao JP, Wu LD Abstract Paeoniflorin serves important cellular roles, exerting anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-pulmonary fibrosis effects and possesses immune-modulatory properties. However, the exact role of paeoniflorin in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis (OA) remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of paeoniflorin on articular surfaces in vitro. Rat chondrocytes were cultured in vitro...
Source: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Exp Ther Med Source Type: research
Authors: Zhang M, Liu J, Li M, Zhang S, Lu Y, Liang Y, Zhao K, Li Y Abstract Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a malignant tumor caused by complex pathological mechanisms, and is characterized by a high rate of cancer-related mortality and poor patient prognosis. Overgrowth of cancer cells, which results from the inhibition of cell apoptosis and/or the promotion of cell proliferation, leads to the progression of GBM. Therefore, studies into the regulatory mechanisms of cancer cell growth in GBM are required to identify potential therapeutic targets and improve treatment for GBM. In the present study, the role of ins...
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Authors: Zhang X, Chen L Abstract Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are associated with hypoxia, but the effects of hypoxia on the process of angiogenesis in the two diseases are dramatically different. Some of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), such as MMP2 and MMP9, may have a role because they represent the most prominent family of proteinases associated with angiogenesis. In the present study, the differential response of human renal cell cancer cells (786-0), human renal tubular epithelial cells (HK-2) and human microvascular endothelial cells (HMEC-1) to hypoxia with regards to the ex...
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Authors: Liu JJ, Meng L Abstract The 8p11 myeloproliferative syndrome (EMS), a rare myeloproliferative disease, generally progresses rapidly and is characterized by chromosomal translocations of the fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 (FGFR1) gene. The FGFR1 gene is located at chromosome 8p11 and may fuse with distinct partner genes. The breakpoint cluster region gene located at chromosome 22 is one of these partner genes. The patients' clinical phenotype is primarily dependant on the partner gene that translocates with FGFR1. Of all the available examinations, determination of the chromosome karyotype is most esse...
Source: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Exp Ther Med Source Type: research
Authors: Lee SY, Lim S, Cho DH Abstract A 16-year-old female with Ewing sarcoma, a very rare disease with poor prognosis in women, was admitted to the hospital with abdominal pain. Diagnostic laparotomy revealed the Ewing sarcoma originating from the extramural uterus. Histological examination yielded positive test results for CD99, vimentin, S-100, eosin 5-maleimide and periodic acid-Shiff. EWS-FLI1 type 1 translocation was confirmed. Fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) 4 (c.1162G> A) and HRas proto-oncogene (HRAS; c.182A> G) mutations were also detected. At eight months following complete remission, pe...
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Authors: Cao J, Gao S, Chen J, Zhu B, Min R, Wang P Abstract The present study prepared 2 types of DNA diagnostic chips based on 16S ribosomal DNA (rDNA) and 18S-28S rDNA, and evaluated their values in the detection of pathogens in intracranial bacterial/fungal infections. A total of 14 probes of bacteria (Klebsiella pneumonia, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Haemophilus influenza, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, Neisseria meningitidis, Enterobacter spp., Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumonia and coagulase...
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