Clinical trial makes grandfather two-time lymphoma survivor

Jerry McLeary can recall the exact moment he just knew that his journey with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma would end happily. He was driving down the road with his wife when he smelled a skunk. When he asked her if she smelled it, she replied, “Yeah, isn’t that terrible?” “No, it smells good to me,” Jerry remembers saying. About a year earlier, Jerry had suddenly lost his sense of smell and taste, and the ability to breathe through his nose. He’d also developed a rash all over his body. At first, doctors in Tennessee, where he lives, thought allergies were to blame. But after months of treatment and no improvement, a CT scan finally shed light on the real problem. “They found a mass almost right between my eyes. A biopsy showed I had mantle cell lymphoma. They hooked me up with an oncologist in Jackson, Tennessee, but he recommended I get a second opinion at MD Anderson,” he says. A second opinion for mantle cell lymphoma In December 2006, Jerry and his wife made their way down to Houston and met with Michael Wang, M.D. “Dr. Wang told me right on the front end, ‘You’re a very sick man. You must do what I say do,’ and I said, ‘Hey buddy, I’m with you. Let’s go!’” Jerry recalls. Wang allowed Jerry to undergo chemotherapy in Tennessee under his direction. It took just one round for Jerry to regain his sense of smell. “I was amazed to have my nose back that quick,” he says. The good news kept coming. By the end of his fourth chemo...