Utah cancer survivors marvel at medical progress
Saturday , June 21, 2014 - 11:59 AM
ROY -- Cancer is still the beast it was when Zane Rote was first diagnosed with it in 1968. However, the Roy resident said he is grateful technology had turned the corner when he was diagnosed with it the second time.
"The first time I had it, I had to be cut open from the top of my head down to my neck and I was in the hospital a long time," he said. "The second time I had it, the surgeon was able to use a much simpler procedure and I was in the hospital one night."
Rote, 76, had glandular cancer in his neck the first time and throat cancer the second time. After six months of radiation therapy, he was declared cancer free.
"I have a bit of a shaky voice, but I'm grateful for what I have," he said. "Even though we haven't conquered this beast we have come a long way in how we are able to treat it. Forty years ago if you were diagnosed with cancer you were pretty much told to get your affairs in order. But that's not the case with many cancers today and I think one day we will be able to look back and say, 'Oh, yeah. We used to have to deal with cancer, but not anymore.'"
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