Lou's Story (06:55)
Triathlete Lou Iovoli developed an ear ache at 42 and suspected swimmer's ear. Doctors prescribed antibiotics, which were ineffective. An ENT found a tumor at the base of his tongue; it was diagnosed as stage 4A squamous cell cancer.
Team Approach to Cancer Treatment (03:03)
Dr. Yuhchyau Chen examined Lou's squamous cell tumor in his throat and recommended radiation over surgery. His care team included a social worker, radiation and chemotherapy oncologists, a primary care physician, and a nutritionist. Learn about the survivorship nurse's role.
Head and Neck Cancer Treatment (04:00)
Lou had a PEG tube inserted prior to chemotherapy and radiation for his throat tumor. He outlines the treatment schedule. The team emphasized communication, prepared him for weight loss, and referred him to a survivorship program.
Medical Innovations: Virtual Surgical Planning (01:38)
Learn about a process using 3D imaging to reconstruct complex mandible defects in head and neck cancer patients. It enhances surgical accuracy and shortens patient recovery time.
Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship (03:55)
After a challenging radiation and chemotherapy treatment, Lou's tumor disappeared. He has been cancer-free for ten years. Survivorship nurses provide a treatment summary and contact list, care plan for staying healthy in the future, and available resources.
Advances in Head and Neck Cancer Treatment (04:04)
Lou's cancer is unlikely to return. Chen discusses CAT scan-based intensity modulated radiation and molecular epidemiology research on viruses associated with oropharyngeal cancer. Lou's son Austin discusses the effects of his illness on their family; he is in medical school.
Advice for Advanced Cancer Patients (01:02)
Lou recommends staying calm, putting 100% of their energy toward the fight, and not letting the disease rule their lives.
Credits: Head and Neck Cancer—Second Opinion (01:22)
Credits: Head and Neck Cancer—Second Opinion
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