Why I chose a clinical trial

Historically, a lot of people who’ve had cancer didn’t have good outcomes. But it’s through their hardships — and the continuous breakthroughs in research — that people like me have been able to overcome the disease. I can’t help but be moved by that. That’s why as a throat cancer patient myself, I chose to give back and help others, too. While undergoing treatment at MD Anderson, I enrolled in a clinical trial for head and neck cancer patients. I also participate in a study on symptoms to follow my throat cancer treatment, recovery and survivorship journey.  My throat cancer diagnosis I was diagnosed with cancer in May 2011, and it was a devastating blow to my family. My mother had just passed away, and my wife was pregnant with our third son. My first reaction was, “What am I going to do? I can’t leave my family.” I thought I’d just been experiencing ear and sinus infections, and had taken several rounds of antibiotics. Then, my ENT performed an endoscopic exam and found a small tumor in my nasal pharynx area.   Five days later — at my physician-sister’s urging — I came to MD Anderson. After another endoscopic evaluation and an MRI, I learned I had stage IV nasopharyngeal cancer, a rare type of throat cancer. My throat cancer treatment Even though my cancer wasn’t common, I felt confident that MD Anderson doctors had dealt with it before and that they knew how to treat it. My doctors, G. Brandon Gunn, M.D., and William Nassib William, M.D., told me what to expect every step of the way....