Living With…Episode 011 Howard Bressler, Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia & Stevens Johnson Syndrome Survivor

 

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 Howard Bressler

Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL) & Stevens Johnson Syndrome Survivor

Welcome to the show everyone! I hope you are all well!

My guest today was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL) in August 2000 at the age of 33. With the support of his wife and young daughters he started treatment for the disease, which included high-dose chemotherapy, and experimental treatment with arsenic trioxide. This treatment has since become part of the standard treatment protocol for APL patients. He has also suffered through bouts with Stevens Johnson Syndrome, which involves a separation of the skin’s dermis and epidermis layers.
He’s been practicing law in New York City for more than twenty years, dealing with toxic tort or chemical exposure, product liability and environmental actions.
His work has involved extensive research to determine if and how toxic exposure may cause illness. His own illness has helped him explain these issues in terms that judges, juries and non-scientists can understand.
He is the author of The Layman’s Guide To Surviving Cancer: From Diagnosis Through Treatment And Beyond.
In the book he uses his extensive research experience to explain the onset, progression and treatment of cancer in terms the reader will understand. Workplace rights and estate planning are also covered in the book.

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