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Unintentional pioneer: Tim Card is Penn State Cancer Institute’s first patient in cutting-edge cancer treatment

Tim Card and his wife, Tricia, walk the hallways of Penn State Cancer Institute after he receives CAR-T cell therapy infusion. Their backs are toward and the camera, and they are silhouetted against a window. Tricia puts her hand on his back. Tim is pushing an IV pole, and an IV bag with medication hangs from the pole. A rainbow is painted on the window.

Hours after his CAR-T cell therapy infusion, Tim Card and his wife, Tricia, walk the hallways of Penn State Cancer Institute.

By Carolyn Kimmel

Looking back, there were clues that Tim Card would soon be fighting for his life—his body was sending signals that he was misreading.

Because who would ever think a 40-year-old owner of a CrossFit gym and father of seven suddenly would have an aggressive form of cancer?

“I knew I was ‘off,’ but I couldn’t pinpoint it, and it wasn’t all the time. I figured I was just tired,” the Mount Joy resident said, recalling how he felt in September 2017. Then, a month later, he got a pain in his side that wouldn’t go away and finally took him to the ER. Had he pulled a muscle? Eaten something that didn’t agree with him?

Five biopsies later, the unfathomable was suddenly real: diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, centered on his left side with cancerous lymph nodes above and below his diaphragm.

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January 16, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment


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