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Sometime around the middle of April, Ron found a lump on the left side of his neck. He saw the doctor, who had a CT scan run. The results were inconclusive and an MRI was scheduled. After 3 attempts, he finally had the MRI and was sent to an ENT. The ENT did a few tests and was quick to say he believed it was cancer, but couldn't tell him what kind. He referred Ron to an ENT surgeon at Cleveland Clinic and the journey to fight this cancer began. He has oropharynx cancer caused by a virus. We are relieved that it has a 90-95% cure rate. We have spent a lot of time meeting with three great doctors at the clinic. Dr. Koyfman is his radiation oncologist, Dr. Adelstein is his chemotherapy oncologist, and if needed, Dr. Scharpf will be his surgeon. The treatment plan, which starts July 9, is going to be pretty rough - radiation 5 days a week for 7 weeks with chemotherapy added the first day of weeks 1, 4, and 7. We go tomorrow for his preliminary meetings, have his mask made and do a radiation simulation. We have been through every emotion imaginable. and at this point, Ron is just ready to get things rolling. Friday will be his last day of work until this fight is over. I will update this page periodically, but will check it every day. If you would like to leave a message for Ron, I will make sure he gets it. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers as we go through this journey.