M&J- Dr. Matthew Davids Helps Mut, Joe, and Dave O'Brien Finish Up Jimmy Fund Telethon (8-22-18)

WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon
Thursday, August 23rd
Mut and Joe are joined by Dr. Matthew Davids the Associate Director for the Center for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

After obtaining an A.B. in Chemistry from Harvard College, Dr. Davids completed his M.D. at Yale University School of Medicine. He served as an intern, resident, and assistant chief resident in internal medicine at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC.

Once he completed his fellowship in hematology and oncology in Dana-Farber/ Partners CancerCare, and a Masters in Medical Science (MMSc) at Harvard Medical School he became the attending physician in the Lymphoma Program of the Division of Metalogic Malignancies and Dana-Farber, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is the Associate Director of the Dana-Farber CLL Center.

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Word that late markets mutton jokers think it's also Dave O'Brien came down guests former radio star now TV star would not miss of the world slowing with his old radio pals here on WEEI LL OW NEI NASA Jimmy Fund radio telethon or is always open it's. Certainly is we have had a big a couple of days here Fenway Park raising. What is now close to four point four million dollars. Opt for cancer research in the Jimmy Fund and we do it for guys that doctor doctor Matthew David's the associate director of CLL for their Dana Farber. Who got Davis and got a pretty big busy day yourself here between hearing going back in Q result very busy on this day. Very busy day is doing some research earlier today and then came over here at an interview with a patient and went back over Dana Farber still more work done fortunately had a patient had a pretty serious complication in the infusion unit so. Doing without for a couple hours and was able to get him over to bring in women safely to the emergency room where he's getting care now and and now came back over here is so unfortunately it never stops right that's right. I mean tonight the battle against cancer never ends our pages are on 24/7 Roosevelt offer patients. Well as some of the things are working on now because so many advances have been made leukemia. That's right so conceal all we had chemotherapy drugs that were effective but eventually they would stop working and had a lot of side effects and even in the time that I've been there in the last decade or so we've developed more specific agents that target the cancer cells. But they spare the other cells in the body. And so now we have these drugs approved and working on novel combinations of the drugs so I've research laboratory so I can do experiments and figure out what's the most promising combination there. And then at Dana Farber it's very easy to then take that into the clinic into a clinical trial with patience and explore those combinations refer patients. We set the word research there on the not a Smart guy but I know this it takes money to do that research correct the money we raise these couple days the money to keep him from provide you're able to do. Researchers make advancements that without these these dollar people donating right now you would not be over these funds are really our lifeblood for research that we can't do what we do without this funding no mean we have lots of sources of funding we have grants from the government and things like that but those are very conservative so we have a bold new idea we wanna explore it's it's often not on the we can get a traditional grant for so the money we get from Jimmy Fund from TMC from all these different sources that's our money to really explore these new frontiers of oncology. Doctor we had. Young lady on a list tonight on this and during the television broadcast who was living in Florida she had been born in Massachusetts who was living down in the Miami area. And we chi was diagnosed with leukemia. The first call she made was to Dana Farber. And it ain't got an appointment within two days and literally moved back in order to be treated so. Why do patients do that we hear this all the time why is Dana Farber so special in world renowned. So there's lots of cancer centers Dana Farber has a unique mix of the patient care and the research is really a 5050 split and so we go back and forth so we have a college and other institutions are doing great research but they tend to be a little more silent they're doing their research and they might have great doctors but they're doing patient care side. It Dana Farber we blend the two we have people who go back and forth and I think that's really how you make the best advances and how you take the best care patients. Getting back to what you said about this so you chemotherapy it. Is kinder to other organs or other parts of the bodies that happening with all forms of cancer. That is really where the field. Had to do it in all different types of cancer and so and another type of cancer where there's genetic mutations. There's been new advances in determining the genetic code for an individual patient's tumor. Do you you can and target a specific therapy to that patient's tumor. And this type of individualized personalized medicine I think is really the future of oncology. You mentioned the researcher and also the clinical apartments used to working with patients as well. What's the balance like between you're trying to find the research and and working with patients under databases. So everyone at Dana Farber has a different balance my my own balance is IC patients one full day per week in the clinics that tomorrow in Tennessee fifteen to twenty patients in the clinic but then the other Ford is that we come focused on research other people have the flip side where they might be doing one or two days of research and seeing patients reported and so. We all different models and that'll kind of blends together and and really forms this incredible harmony of all the researchers in harbor is is that. Battle to defeat cancer is it strictly a matter of dollars. Or is obviously there they're talented doctors and and research facilities and all of that. But those have to be funded in the end if we had all the money in the world with cancer and if you were throwing all the money in world that this problem would it no longer exist. I think the money is important because without the money we can't do these experiments we can't bring in the top talent and retain the top talent at a place like Dana Farber and so it is as his head of the lifeblood of what we do. The money alone is is not enough I mean you need an army of dedicated people and we have such an incredible team at Dana Farber I mean you think about that the Red Sox have a great team you think about all the aspects of that team all the way from the front office. To the managers to the players. We have a similar structured data far we have an incredible leadership and our president and our board. And we have the nurses who like our starting pitchers and and they're they're really ones on the on the front lines taking care of the patients. We have the the doctors and I mean everyone just works together as a team you know throughout infirmary it's incredible place to work. Is it realistic to think doctor that in our lifetime. Today's play ball money in the research that they'll be a cancer vaccine that the we'll get to the point where the money is gone we've been so much research that we can now. Okay you take this vaccine annual mock at this type of cancer is that feasible do you think. In our lifetime. I think that is the feasible goal it's not science fiction so we have vaccination programs like that already ongoing at Dana Farber for example in melanoma skin cancer they've developed the vaccine at Dana Farber that takes an individual patient's tumor. Analyzes the different genetic mutations in that tumor develops a vaccine and then gives it back to that patient has a personalized vaccine. It's called I'm your antigen vaccine and that's now being explored and other cancer types as well tonight I think that's a realistic goal. But we need the research money to to fund the efforts to continue these these studies. Researchers certainly have an emotional ties to don't buy it besides the scientific. Absolutely and especially taking care patients in the night I am inspired constantly by my patience when I'm sitting across the table from a patient is in a tough situation and they don't have a great treatment option and that causes me to work even harder and go back to the laboratory and develop new strategies that can benefit occasionally. I stuck to Matthew David's doctor thanks so much you talk about research talk about the potential for cancer vaccine. It's all about the dollars where here tell people your story the patient stories. These great family stories that they pick up the phone and dial and help us donates we give you more money. Going to put you back to it to work and get out of Fenway Park totally settle long enough to. So I mean this is for tomorrow right if you were Pacificare and when it got opened up the development thank you all so much for that generous support we really really appreciated they are you doctor David thank you so much for your time and and explaining to people even dummies like me where this money goes to 877. 7381234. Can donate right now by texting Kate cancer to 22 to two.