Michael's Profile



In March 2006, I contracted one of the most aggressive forms of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). We never obtained lasting remission from some 16 different chemo treatments while waiting for a unrelated donor stem cell transplant (MUD SCT), the only medical procedure that offers hope of a cure for MCL. The SCT was completed on August 22, 2007. On the 44th day post transplant results of a PET scan were negative (cancer gone!) and we also received the DNA test results -- the SCT was successful. Meanwhile, until Nov. 30, 2007, I was restricted to home confinement for the first 100 days of recovery. Recovery was steady but slow with some skin rash (GVH), but on Feb. 25, 2008, I returned to work on a part-time basis. We are expecting to be back at work on a full-time basis by the one-year anniversary on the transplant, Aug. 22, 2008. That is also when we are expecting to learn the identity of our SCT donor.

Vital Info


May 31, 2008


Corona, California 92883

June 7, 1948

Cancer Info

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Mantle Cell

April 1, 2006

Stage 3B

4.1 - 5.0 cm

Grade 3






Loss of strength and stamina

Hold on to family, faith, hope

Become a SCT-BMT donor and encourage others to do same

City of Hope (Duarte CA) and City of Hope Medical Group (Pasadena)

January 1, 2010

Sudden appearance one morning of mass (lump) under my right arm.

Had TOMOTHERAPY without any known side affects

Stem cell transplant August 22, 2007.


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