When Jonathan first started running at twelve years old, little did he know that years later it would help keep him optimistic after his throat cancer diagnosis. “This was an active thing that I could do to prove to myself that I’m fighting this. I wasn’t sitting in bed feeling sorry for myself. I was getting my chemo treatment, coming home and going for a run.”
But running wasn’t the only thing that helped him battle the disease. “Everything about the UCLA experience was clearly geared toward patient care, patient understanding and patient education,” said Jonathan.
Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world. There has been an increase in throat cancers, with many caused by the HPV virus. But advances in robotic surgery have helped physicians like Dr. Maie St. John remove throat tumors without any facial incision and patients can go home within a few days.
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