Relapsed and Refractory Stories

The journey for people whose cancers have relapsed or who don’t respond to firstline treatment looks very different. This often requires second-line or third-line treatment. Hear from patients and families who've been through some of the newest applications of drugs and treatments giving hope to those who’ve relapsed or who are refractory.


Fabiola Lopez, Hodgkin, Stage 2, Relapse

Cancer details: Stage II with bulky disease, relapsed after 1st chemo, 2nd chemo & bone marrow transplant before remission
1st Symptoms: Shortness of breath, dry cough, fatigue
Treatment: ABVD chemotherapy, IGEV chemo, bone marrow transplant, BEAM chemo, brentuximab

Shahzad Bhat, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Refractory

Cancer details: Nicole Bhat fought for her husband to get CAR T-cell therapy after he was told 1st line chemo didn't put him into remission from non-Hodgkin’s.
1st Symptoms: Extreme fatigue
Treatment: R&B, R-ICE, R-EPOCH, CAR T-cell therapy