Colorado Blood Cancer Institute – Chuck Hood and Dr. Tara Gregory

Colorado Blood Cancer Institute – Chuck Hood and Dr. Tara Gregory


(flowing guitar music) – Hi, my name’s Chuck Hood. I came to Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital for a bone marrow transplant at Colorado Blood Cancer Institute. I was diagnosed with AML,
acute myeloid leukemia, in April of 2014 and had an oncologist that did what they could
for me with my symptoms. I lost up to 90 pounds and was sent to Colorado Blood Cancer Institute where I met Dr. Tara Gregory and her staff and was chosen for a
bone marrow transplant. So I was referred to Colorado
Blood Cancer Institute by my oncologist so I had come over here and I met with Dr. Gregory and her staff and they did DNA testing
and found out that I was a higher risk for leukemia. I was lucky enough to have two sisters that were a perfect match for stem cells and I was a prime candidate
for stem cell replacement or bone marrow transplant. – Even though Chuck had
a good initial response to his chemotherapy, one of the
things that we’re able to do is look at some of the
different DNA mutations in patients’ cancers that
can put them at higher risk to have their disease come back. So, in Chuck’s situation, we
knew that he was at high risk of this leukemia coming
back without a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. So at that point, Chuck and I
met and discussed his options and we decided that his
best chance of survival of being cured from this
disease was to move forward with a stem cell
transplant from his sister. At that point, he came into our hospital and he received very high
dose of chemotherapy. Now, we gave him his
sister’s stem cell infusion and Chuck actually was
one of our record setters and made it out of the
hospital in about 14 days from his stem cell transplant
and ultimately has been following up at the clinic every since. – Coming to Colorado Blood
cancer institute was a blessing. Having Dr. Gregory and her staff treat me and successfully treat
me was just a blessing. Everyone from all the
doctors to the nurses to the PAs, to the staff
members, it was truly amazing. And I still see everyone
when I come to clinic about once every two weeks. The thing that I remember most about Colorado Blood Cancer Institute is sitting down with Dr.
Gregory and her staff and going over my DNA analysis and that I had two sisters
that were a perfect match and how positive she was that
we could knock this thing out. I got it in my heart and my
head that we could do this and had faith, family and friends and a great doctor and staff. And CBCI saved my life. I would like to say thank
you to CBCI and everyone for saving my life. And I would encourage anyone that is going through
any type of blood cancer to get ahold of CBCI and the staff there and at least come in and get checked out. They’re truly some of the
best people I’ve ever met in my life. (flowing guitar music)