Day 0 – The TIL Are In   October 6th, 2011

Starting just before 1pm today here in Bethesda, 69.3 billion TIL cells started their journey from the incubators and processors at the TIL lab here at the National Cancer Institute, and minutes later were becoming part of the body their forebears originated from five weeks ago.

I had a chance to meet some of the people in this fabulous TIL lab earlier today. I even got to meet and shake the hand of the woman who mothered my cells into splendid abundance. I thanked her and her colleagues profusely for helping me get a shot at a new beginning with their wondrous science and dedication – the TIL Lab folks rock!

The billions and billions of TIL cells are now circulating throughout my body, and in a half hour will be getting turbo charged with my first dose of IL-2.

That’s it for the moment. Need to focus on the what the nurse needs of me now :-)


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4 Responses

October 6th, 2011 at 16:46
Cynde Says:

Go Jake’s TIL GO!!!!

October 6th, 2011 at 16:51
Barbara Leary Says:


October 6th, 2011 at 18:29
Wallace Says:

Do they tickle?

October 6th, 2011 at 20:57
Michael Says:

This blog is very well done. Thanks for updating so often even though you’re going through this ordeal.

TIL therapy sounds like a really powerful method — your cancer cells are definitely going to take a beating! Hang in there. I look forward to you getting better.