Patient: Ira Cantor
Cancer is a big, ugly word with many names – melanoma, leukemia, carcinoma, just to name a few. A cancer diagnosis leads to a host of questions. Where should I seek treatment? What treatments will be the most beneficial to me? The choices can sometimes be overwhelming.
The name of Dr. Ira Cantor’s cancer was lymphoma (a group of blood cancers that develop in the body’s immune system). Like the majority of people diagnosed with lymphoma, he survived, with the help of a great team of doctors. Ira’s treatment plan included a stem cell transplant. Eighteen months after the surgery, Ira (pictured with BostonSight Medical Director Deborah S. Jacobs, MD) began manifesting symptoms of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a common complication of transplants from another person.
“I am a really good ‘coper’ – because of my transplant, I have learned to cope with a lot of difficult things,” remembers Ira. “But of all my problems, my eyes were the biggest problem to result from the transplant.”
Under the care of a cornea specialist, Ira tried a number of conventional treatments for his condition, including punctal plugs, tear duct cauterization, and autologous serum eye drops. Nothing helped – until he tried BostonSight PROSE treatment.
“PROSE immediately changed everything. I have had an extraordinarily good experience. I put drops in as soon as I get up in the morning, otherwise I cannot open my eyes. After I shower I put in the devices and wear them until I go to bed at night. Some days I have to replenish them, but not every day. Every once in a while I will have a bad evening when my eyes will get really tired, but it happens infrequently. My PROSE devices have been a total lifesaver.”
As a physician, Ira brings a clinical perspective on the efficacy of PROSE treatment. “In medicine, we often look towards big clinical trials to prove that something is beneficial. When penicillin was introduced, it was clear that you didn’t need a big clinical trial – the benefit was just obvious. My experience in this troublesome medical situation with PROSE treatment was so dramatic; there is no question how beneficial this treatment is.”