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6/14/2016 Latest post:
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Words From Christen-
My step-father Robert has been fighting oral cavity cancer for 6 months now. May we found out that the cancer has come with a stubborn large tumor in back of his tongue. Squamous cell carcinoma( not the virus kind) stage 4 . If he chooses to go through with surgery, he will lose his tongue, taste, breathe normally, and this procedure only has a 30% chance of curing the cancer. Our options are limited and Robert feels like there are better alternative options , and he is doing them now. Every day he feels as he is being choked and he cannot swallow food now. Hard to talk. We are looking for the best alternative treatment place ( if there is one better than Irvine) for this tumor to shrink as he goes through his weekly treatments of hyperbaric oxygen chamber, intervenes C and vitamins, PEMF, and THC oil and CBD. Many supplements since he cannot swallow food anymore. Health insurance does not cover these treatments. He has gone to many second opinions both eastern and western medicine. He knows where he is with each day that is choking him and dosn't want the radical surgery. He is hoping all that he is doing will kick in and start shrinking this tumor.
Robert is a loving father and husband to my mom. He is loved dearly by his family and friends and puts sunshine in any room he enters. He is always the life of the party and is the most positive person I know. I can't imagine this family without him. He is dearly loved.
He graduated from UCLA , played on the water polo team and was on swim team. He still enjoys watching his UCLA football team play. He also was a pilot in the Air Force and was in the battle of An Loc in Vietnam . He flew a C130 and dropped food and supplies to our soldiers. He has a huge heart .
His passion in sports are/were playing golf, skiing, martial arts, running 10k's, swimming, surfing, and flying planes. How does someone so active get cancer?