Saturday, December 31, 2011

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma in the news

I saw this news story at examiner.com: Crossing the Atlantic Ocean for a life saving cure. http://www.examiner.com/restaurant-in-baltimore/crossing-the-atlantic-ocean-for-a-life-saving-cure
It appears to be an entry for Christopher L. Lyles to the Examiner.com's America Inspired contest. From the article: "Chris was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC) after his 30th birthday and became the first person to get a trachea [sic] transplant using his own cells.He has used his cancer to bring awareness to cancer patients who need life saving treatment; but, his health insurance will not cover it."

Mr. Lyles is truly breaking new ground with his tracheal implant - here are additional links to news surrounding the procedure:

Local man travels to Europe for life-saving operation
http://www.wbaltv.com/r/29778764/detail.html

Nanofiber Solutions plays key role in world's first synthetic tracheal implant made from Nanofibers
 http://techlounge.techcolumbus.org/profiles/blogs/nanofiber-solutions-plays-key-role-in-world-s-first-synthetic-tra?xg_source=activity

Harvard Bioscience's "InBreath" Bioreactor Used in World's Second Successful Synthetic Trachea Transplant
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/news.html?d=239295

Artificial trachea created by Nanofiber Solutions helps cancer patient
http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/artificial-trachea-created-nanofiber-solutions-helps-cancer-patient/

I wish Mr. Lyles all the best and thousands of days ahead with his daughter. It sounds like he will be the pioneer that others of us with ACC look on in the future with grateful appreciation for his bravery in being the first.

More information about the America Inspired contest: http://www.examiner.com/america-inspired

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