Tracie Miller and Steve Lipshultz

A physician faces her own ovarian cancer

Apr 23, 2018

Drs. Tracie Miller and Steve Lipshultz have spent their careers caring for pediatric patients and conducting research at well-known medical institutions across the country. In some ways, those years of providing patient care and conducting medical research prepared the couple for Tracie’s ovarian cancer diagnosis, and in other ways, it didn’t. Read more...

Christian Hinrichs and Arrica Wallace

CCR clinical trial patients featured in AFP article

Mar 28, 2018

A clinical trial at the National Cancer Institute led by Christian Hinrichs, M.D., Investigator in the Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch, offered the first evidence in support of immunotherapy as an effective treatment for cervical cancer. In a recent article, Agence France Presse highlights the journeys of Sue Scott and Arrica Wallace, two women on the trial for whom the experimental cancer treatment worked. Read the full article…

Richard Mulcahy

Defeating a rare, aggressive form of skin cancer with avelumab

Mar 23, 2018

For the one-year anniversary of the FDA’s approval of avelumab, CCR Communications caught up with Richard Mulcahy to share his success story as a clinical trial patient. Mulcahy was diagnosed with Merkel cell carcinoma in September of 2016. It’s been over a year since he received his first treatment of avelumab as part of a clinical trial led by Isaac Brownell, M.D., Ph.D., formerly an Investigator in the Dermatology Branch, at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda. Read more...


First bone marrow transplant for rare gene mutation made possible through CCR clinical trial

Mar 12, 2018

Because of a rare mutation to the NFKB1 gene, Avery’s immune system is unable to fight off commonly occurring bacteria, and she is at risk of developing life-threatening infections. Bone marrow transplants are the only potential cure for immune deficiencies like Avery’s. As part of a clinical trial at the Center for Cancer Research with Jennifer Kanakry, M.D., Staff Clinician in the Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch, she received a bone marrow transplant from cells donated by her father. Read Avery’s story…

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Former clinical trial patient featured on CBS This Morning

Mar 8, 2018

Dr. Jon LaPook, Chief Medical Correspondent at CBS News, recently featured Michael Becker during a segment on CBS This Morning. Becker, who is a former patient of James Gulley, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of the Genitourinary Malignancies Branch, is fighting head and neck cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). He previously participated in a clinical trial at CCR and has made it his personal mission to spread the word about the HPV vaccine. Watch the segment here…


Clinical trial helps pediatric patient build healthy immune system

Mar 6, 2018

When medication failed to cure Dhruv’s skin infections, doctors in India discovered he was born with a compromised immune system. Dhruv eventually traveled to the National Institutes of Health where he was diagnosed with Dock8 deficiency, a rare genetic mutation leaving him prone to serious infections and certain cancers. Through a clinical trial at the Center for Cancer Research with Nirali Shah, M.D., M.H.Sc., Associate Research Physician in the Pediatric Oncology Branch, Dhruv received a bone marrow transplant that helped him rebuild a healthy immune system. Read his story…

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Pediatric patients featured in NIH Children’s Inn 2017 Annual Report

Feb 14, 2018

Lucy was diagnosed with Hyper IgE syndrome or Job’s syndrome – a rare genetic illness that puts her at risk for developing serious lung and skin infections. Avery has a rare NFKB1 gene mutation that compromises her immune system. For both patients, clinical trials at the Center for Cancer Research provided life-saving bone marrow transplants to address infections caused by immune deficiencies. Lucy and Avery stay at The Children’s Inn when they come to NIH for treatment. Read Lucy’s story (page 3) and Avery’s story (page 5) in the Children’s Inn Annual Report…

Jesus Garces-Soto

Finding relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria: A patient’s journey from Puerto Rico to the National Institutes of Health

Dec 18, 2017

Jesus Garces-Soto and his wife, Lyssette Santiago, never expected to travel from Puerto Rico to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. On the same day that Hurricane Maria, a storm with 150-mile-per-hour winds, made direct landfall on Puerto Rico in 2017, Garces-Soto needed to seek treatment for an infection related to bladder cancer. Destruction from the hurricane took out the hospital’s electricity, and with no generator, it was difficult to provide adequate care. With help from members of the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, Garces-Soto and Santiago were flown to NIH where Garces-Soto is receiving care from Andrea Apolo, M.D., Investigator and Lasker Clinical Research Scholar in the Genitourinary Malignancies Branch. Read more...

Michael Becker

Walking with purpose after an HPV-related head and neck cancer diagnosis

Dec 6, 2017

In November 2015, Michael Becker was diagnosed with Stage IV head and neck cancer caused by a strain of the human papillomavirus, or HPV. He now advocates for education and awareness of the HPV vaccine as cancer prevention for both boys and girls. “I want to make people aware that you can avoid my situation by getting the shot.” Read more…

Yolland Jackson

Fearless in the face of small cell lung cancer

Nov 21, 2017

Yolland Jackson considers herself a soldier who is determined to fight her small cell lung cancer until the bitter end. In discussing her decision to enroll in a phase II clinical trial led by Investigator Anish Thomas, M.B.B.S., M.D., in the Developmental Therapeutics Branch, she shared some of her reasoning with him. “This is bigger than me. This is happening to me because someone is going to come after me that will need this treatment. Whatever you need to do, I’m in.” Read more…