Ray LaBoeuf: Squamous cell cancer survivor

Video: Ray LaBoeuf - Squamous Cell Cancer Survivor

Squamous Cell Cancer Survivor
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Ray LeBoeuf: I had four tumors in my neck, and I had one on the base of my tongue. It was squamous cell carcinoma. The doctor that I saw is considered one of the premier oncologists in Kansas. I asked him some questions what changes I need to make in diet; he said Raymond diet is a bunch of hogwash.

The tumor in my neck had grown to the size of a tennis ball, yeah and it only and it had done it in a very short period of time. Another friend of mine mentioned hyperthermia to me, as a complimentary treatment and I looked it up on the web and Cancer Treatment Centers of America popped up.

They weren’t treating me like a neck and a tongue that had some tumors they treated me like 'this is Ray and Ray has cancer; we’re going to treat Ray.' After I had come back home from my third round of chemo my wife had told me our son, Isaac, who was four at the time four and a half and she told me that Isaac cried every time I left, and I said oh he misses dad oh no, he’s thinking your going up there to die. "Oh, well we’ll take care of that." So I called the airline and I made two more reservations. The nurse’s just doted over my son.

Dr. Granick and Larry answered questions for him and I remember him looking at Dr. Granick and said, "Is my dad going to die", and he says "no I don’t think he will I think we’ll handle, but I can’t promise anything but I think we’ve got a good handle on this one." They took time for a four year old boy that, that just still amazes me today and calmed his fears.

He sat down with me in my chair at the infusion center one day, I’m sitting there and he’s just watching me I’m like "would you like to watch some TV with me", and he says "sure" and he climbs up on my lap and chemo is going in on this side and he’s on this side and I said "what do you want to watch", he says, "cartoons", I said "ok!" So he put it on the cartoon network or whatever it was anyway it was, "we’ll dad it’s like being home" I said "yeah it is isn’t it."

I saw that and I said that is so cool which it is I mean it’s exciting to see it, but it’s encouragement to people to come in and go "well what’s this, well these are people who survived, are five year survivors, really?" "Yeah." Oh, wow that’s awesome, that is awesome. I want my name up there."

Sweet moments watching my son develop as a boy, watching him develop and grow is something that I really didn’t want to miss. I knew that if I died I would be with the Lord, but I didn’t want to miss to see, there been able to help my wife you know she’s not been healthy herself; she’s had her share of health problems.

Two years ago I was appointed to our city council and it’s great. I really feel like it gives me an opportunity to serve, and that’s what I want to do. I’m going to direct everybody I can to these hospitals and that’s what I’m looking forward to.

When he wasn't satisfied with his current treatment, Ray searched and found Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center. Aside from the cutting-edge treatment Ray received, the entire staff went out of their way to accommodate and comfort Ray's young son.

"They weren't treating me like a neck and tongue with tumors. They treated me like 'this is Ray. Ray has cancer. We are going to treat Ray."

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