After a surgeon told singer and songwriter Hank Davis that he had about a 50% chance of getting all of the tumor in his throat, he suggested that Hank pursue chemotherapy and radiation. That’s when Hank met radiation oncologist Dr. Upendra Parvathaneni, with SCCA Proton Therapy Center in Seattle, Washington, who learned that he had an advanced oropharyngeal cancer in his tonsil, which had spread into the lymph nodes of his neck. This was unspeakable news to a man whose voice is everything, but proton therapy allowed him to find his voice again. Specifically, Dr. Parvathaneni used pencil-beam scanning to target the tumor and the tonsil without affecting the healthy tissue. By the end of the first week, he could not see the tumor, and now a year later, Hank is still cancer free. He sees this success as extra time—choosing to spend it by giving back in pieces he has made during that time.
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