I’m still the same guy. Cancer is just a side story.
Jon Deisher is a life-long Alaskan who has devoted himself to helping others. In his career as counselor he has worked with those suffering from chronic illness, trauma survivors, people with hearing loss, and the physically disabled. His volunteer work has taken him to India several times for a polio immunization program.
When he was diagnosed with stage III esophageal cancer at 66, Jon drew on his years of experience as a counselor and the support of his wife and children to get through an aggressive treatment regimen: chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. When his cancer metastasized in 2014, he was determined not to lose hope, while at the same time, staying realistic.
Since diagnosis, Jon has been treated with major surgery, various types of chemotherapy, 61 rounds of radiation, and the biologic therapy Cyramza. With his current chemo regimen keeping the cancer at bay, Jon and his oncologist are choosing to stay the course. But Jon is hoping to find a more long-lasting treatment, and is researching clinical trials for checkpoint inhibitors, which “take the brakes off” T cells, enabling a more powerful immune response from the body.
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