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November 20th, 2015

Leukemia survivor with paraganglioma

By uclahealth

Keith-endocrine350"What I have is inoperable. I have pain in my leg and I've learned to live with that," says Keith, a 60- year-old leukemia survivor who discovered he had a paraganglioma (a tumor that sits on his adrenal gland). Keith chose Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center because, "what I have is rare. I need treatments that may not exist at other places and I've been getting great care at UCLA. My oncologist is recommending a treatment that we normally wouldn't do for my disease, an immunotherapy drug. It's better than going through chemo again. I would just like my disease to stabilize enough so I can ride my bike again. It's not going to go away but as long as [the tumor] doesn't become active again, I'll be happy."

Tags: cancer, endocrine, Endocrinology, leukemia, paraganglioma, patient stories, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

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