A Moment in Cancer History: Testicular Cancer and the Platinum Breakthrough
In the early 1970s, a diagnosis of testicular cancer was practically a death sentence for a man in the prime of his life. Then in 1974, oncologist Larry Einhorn tried an experimental platinum-based chemotherapy on one patient, John Cleland. Cleland's cancer had metastasized, filling his chest with tumors. Amazingly, three weeks after Dr. Einhorn's treatment, all of his tumors were gone.
Today, thanks to Einhorn, 90% of testicular cancers are cured. Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis spoke with Dr. Einhorn about his breakthrough, and the work that he’s doing today to treat the side-effects of chemotherapy in long-term survivors. We also hear from John Cleland, the first patient to receive Einhorn’s platinum-based therapy.
Dr. Larry Einhorn, is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Livestrong Foundation Professor of Oncology at Indiana University’s Simon Cancer Center. Einhorn and Cleland are both featured in the PBS documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.