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GRAND PRAIRIE (CBS11) – I spent a recent afternoon with yet another warrior who has strengthened my resolve to compete in the Ironman World Championship in October to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Chris Hales is a 44-year-old history teacher in Grand Prairie. He also has a terminal blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma.

Hales and his oncology team at UT Southwestern gave us complete access to document his chemotherapy treatment.

Next week we’ll pull back the curtain on how this all works, sharing every step with you, including putting to be some myths about today’s cancer treatments.

“I think some of the biggest myths about current chemotherapy is they’re going to lose their hair, they’re gonna be sick as a dog, gonna be feeling really poorly,” said Dr. Larry Anderson.  “But most of the chemo we use for MM and many other cancers as well these days, are not the same variety of chemotherapy agents that were used 10 or 20 years ago.”

For Hales and others like him battling Multiple Myeloma, there is no cure.  But major advances are being made because of research dollars.

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