Patient Comments: Clinical Trials - Patient Results


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Comment from: C. Warner, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 17

My son was a Navy diver for 21 years, very health conscious, with no significant health problems except migraines from a very young age. Five years before he finished his last tour of duty, he was ordered to dive in a nuclear radiation tank because the gates were stuck in the open position. Approximately 8 years after this, he had a massive seizure and through CT scan, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, had his first of 3 surgeries which were determined to be a melanoma on the outside and glioblastoma (GBM) in the core. It was stage 4 from the beginning. He had a total of 3 brain surgeries during a 2 year period with several courses of immune therapy, the last one being a clinical trial of Opdivo. Although this prolonged his life span, it did not cure him and he passed away 2 years after the first seizure. I have been a registered nurse for many years but have never heard of 1 case of the type of hybrid tumors he had. When my son was diagnosed, he told me of 5 other USN divers who had died from strange cancers. All of these divers dove and repaired nuclear submarines and ships. Many of the doctors that my son went to, agreed that the radiation he received from being a diver, most probably caused his cancer. I wonder if there is any research done on this type of job related cancers.


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