The "Hotel Melanoma" moniker is a metaphor for living with my particular brand of cancer. Except for those lucky few of us deemed "cured", all we cancer survivors are guests of one of the many, many branded hotels in the "Hotel Carcinoma" chain. We can check out any time we like, but we can never leave. Meanwhile, let's be livin' it up; and please support cancer education, prevention, and treatment research.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Ahoy Yervoy

I don’t know about you, but “Yervoy” (the brand name for Ipilimumab, a promising new melanoma treatment drug) sounds to me like either a Yiddish toast or a good name for a sailboat. So covering both bases, and with best wishes for a blog reader whom I know is about to embark on a series of Yervoy treatments and everyone else doing the same, I’ve penned some new lyrics to Jimmy Buffett’s great song, “Boat Drinks”…

Docs on my case ordered Yervoy
Sounds like I won the big lotto
Everything seems to be on

Lately newspapers mentioned great treatments
I gotta stay at St. Somewhere
I'm close to bodily harm

I am Stage III and the Yervoy game's on
Everyone says, I’m not too far gone, screaming

Yervoy, something to keep us all well

This morning I shot six holes in my freezer
I think I've got a high fever
Somebody sound the alarm

I'd like to go where the pace of life's slow
Would you beam me somewhere, Mr. Scott

Any old place here on Earth or in space
You pick the century, I'll pick the spot

But I know I can’t be leaving this clinic
I've got a curse and will kick it

I gotta go where all’s well

Doctor, I need some more Yervoy
Then I'm heading out 'fore my dream blows
I gotta go where all’s well [I gotta go where all’s]
I gotta go where all’s well [I gotta go where all’s]
I gotta go where all’s WELL!

I gotta go where there ain't any docs
who are wearin’ pink Crocs, and no cell counts on watch
I gotta go where all’s well!

1 comment:

  1. I love this one, too! This treatment won't be nearly as intense as what you went through but I hope to get the same results!