After suffering a persistent cough and a constant feeling of phlegm in her throat, Jan, 53, went to see an ENT specialist and learned she had tonsil cancer, a rare head and neck cancer. After having surgery at a local hospital to remove the tumor, Jan decided to get a second opinion at the OSUCCC - James to ensure she was doing everything to prevent a recurrence.
In her experience, the OSUCCC - James is “where everybody goes” who needs a cancer diagnosis, treatment or a second opinion. “I just felt that the OSUCCC - James and cancer went together," Jan says, "so I wanted to go there to make sure I was okay.”
Jan met with Dr. Enver Ozer, who suggested that she have da Vinci® robotic surgery to perform precautionary spacing to remove tissue around where her tumor had been to prevent the cancer from returning. Dr. Ozer used the da Vinci® robot to precisely remove surrounding tissue and 18 lymph nodes from her neck. One of those nodes contained cancer, but because Dr. Ozer had removed all of them, Jan didn’t need radiation or chemotherapy and returned home after three days. Today, Jan is cancer-free and happy that she decided to get a second opinion.
“He saved my life. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Ozer, and the rest of the staff at the OSUCCC - James. It feels wonderful to be a survivor and I hope that I’m a survivor for the next 30 years."