Learning to let people in
David Alston was initially diagnosed with testicular cancer in March of 2011. He was treated with chemotherapy and went into remission, but unfortunately, a few months later, he relapsed. Now he is fighting cancer a second time.
David and his doctors feel his best chance at a cure is a triple-tandem autologous transplant, which will be the first performed at UNC Hospitals. The process involves harvesting and freezing his own stem cells, receiving high-dose chemotherapy to attack the cancer, then having the stem cells infused over three back-to-back hospitalizations. David feels that he is in the hands of an excellent team of professionals, but his illness and treatment have caused a financial hardship.
This challenging process has left David with many insights and he has learned some great lessons, including letting people in and sharing his experience. To learn more about David, click here and watch the video below.
From UNC Health Care