He was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma and was told that he will die.
We are talking about Anthony Herrera a soap star and stem cell recipient, who had a great fight against cancer and ultimately win the war through allogenic stem cell transplsnt.
Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is one of the rarer of the non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas (NHLs),. There are only about 15,000 patients presently in the U.S.
MCL is genetic, it is difficult to treat and the cause is still unknown. It is an abnormal break and subsequent translocation in a gene that causes the cells to divide too early before becoming capable of helping to fight diseases. The cells do not die naturally as they should and therefore accumulate in the lymphoid system, rendering the system dysfunctional.
In the year 1997 Anthony received death sentence from New York University Hospital due to diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma.
Anthony deny the death sentence and announced a war against this deadliest for of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. From Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, he received chemotherapy, total body irradiation, and an autologous stem cell transplant (using his own stem cells). But the cancer came back in 1998, and compelled the determined warrior to go for allogenic stem cell transplsnt, which is a bone marrow transplant, received from a donor.
Anthony received bone marrow stem cells from his brother, John, along with donor Lymphocyte infusion, and finally could able to freed himself from the deadly cancer.
According to Sergio Giralt, M.D. - Professor of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center-
Herrera is one of the pioneer cases of mantle cell lymphoma - usually a lethal diagnosis. Despite having failed multiple other therapies, his case provided proof of principal that donor cells could induce long-term remission.
Anthony have written down the report of his war against cancer and the miracle of stem cell transplsnts in his book “The Cancer Wa [www.anthonyherrera.org/cancer-war/index.htm] r”. The allogenic stem cell transplant made it possible to eradicate the cancer totally, till date(nine years) there is absolutely no evidence of the disease in Anthony’s body.