Cancer Research: Going the Distance (cont.)
Joining us now is Jim Owens; live from the Tour of Hope. Welcome Jim.
Wonderful to be talking with you.
How has life on the road with the Tour of Hope been for you?
It has been one of the most moving experiences of my life.
How did you learn about the cutting-edge treatment you received for your brain tumor, Jim? Was it a "last resort" scenario or did you get involved with it from the very beginning of your treatment?
It was not a last resort. My tumor was diagnosed in 1998, and we went into the standard treatment of surgery, which was not successful, and then radiation, which shrunk my tumor by 33%. Three years later it recurred.
I had significant side effects the first time around, most noticeably epilepsy. Because of that experience, I wanted to find a treatment that was effective yet was not going to give me any more of a neurological deficit, so I asked a lot of questions, did research, got a second opinion and found some wonderful doctors that laid out my options, including this breakthrough treatment, which I chose to do. It stopped my tumor, it left me healthy throughout treatment, and I'm riding today because of it.
How are you feeling today?
I'm feeling great today. Two days ago we had a really difficult night stage, really cold, very windy, and nothing really to see, and we had an aggressive pace to set. I was really hurting at the end of that. Today in the sun we have lots of people cheering us on. There were a lot of kids, a lot schools. I really miss my 5-year-old boy, Max. It really filled our sails, lifted our hearts. Although I just biked 83 miles, I feel I could just get right back on the bike.
How does it make you feel when you ride into a crowd of people who are cheering you on?
It was really exciting. I tell you, you're exhilarated, smiling, and crying at the same time. You put an incredible exertion out there. It was absolutely wonderful to see so many people out there.
What are the risks of participating in a trial? Were you afraid?
I was afraid of my tumor, and after doing my research the treatment I chose seemed like the best option of getting the results I needed and getting me back into my full life.
You can go to www.tourofhope.org to learn more about the incredible ride of these amazing cancer survivors and make the pledge to learn more about cancer, clinical trials, and hope! Our thanks to Jim Owens and Robert Stuart, MD, for joining us live from on the road with the Tour of Hope. For more information, please visit www.tourofhope.org.
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