"It's a very difficult thing to endure, but when you're in the public eye it can be more daunting," says Joel Giambra, who likened the timing of his diagnosis to a Greek tragedy. "We had just reached this ultimate high, beating a 12 year incumbent, and shortly after this great victory, you now have to deal with your health and your mortality."
"When you're told you have cancer, you're staring at mortality, but after that, you have a couple of choices, you can roll over or stand up and fight." Giambra chose to fight. Giambra underwent surgery for throat cancer shortly before taking office. He says that gave him the courage to go forward. "It was a positive distraction, having to assemble a new government, an entire team who would run the county government," recalls Giambra.
There was something else to pull Giambra through: thousands of well wishes. "All the offers for assistance was overwhelming. I"m sure Jim will see the same amount of overwhelming support we saw," adds Giambra.
Batavia, N.Y. (WBEN/WGR) - Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is announcing he is battling squamous-cell cancer of the upper jaw.
Treatment, prognosis and recovery look encouraging, he says.
Kelly discussed the the diagnosis Monday morning at his annual charity golf tournament
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From the US CDC..
Most head and neck cancers begin in the squamous cells that line the moist surfaces inside the head and neck, according to the CDC.
Typical symptoms of head and neck cancers include a lump or sore (for example, in the mouth) that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing, and a change or hoarseness in the voice.
The treatment plan for an individual patient depends on a number of factors, including the exact location of the tumor, the stage of the cancer, and the person’s age and general health.
Treatment for head and neck cancer can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or a combination of treatments
Head and neck cancers account for approximately 3 percent of all cancers in the United States. These cancers are nearly twice as common among men as they are among women.