Marty's Journey

Week 1 Ends and Marty's Pushing Forward

A review of all the treatments that have started and how they went, and how Marty is feeling and what he's saying on the radio and off.

As week one of his treatment for HPV-related throat cancer ended, radio and TV personality Marty Griffin was feeling upbeat about beating the disease, and more committed than ever to convincing parents to get their children vaccinated against HPV, or the Human Papillomavirus.

Sparkt cameras were there as Marty had his first day-long chemotherapy treatment, and the first intravenous treatment as part of the immunotherapy clinical trial in which he's enrolled. "You'll get hydration for two hours then the (chemotherapy), then extra hydration and then the study drug that's part of the treatment.," explained Dr. Dan Zandberg, Marty's oncologist, on the first day of chemo.

Sparkt cameras were also there as Marty started what will be seven weeks of 5-day-a-week, Monday through Friday radiation treatments.

Marty was starting to feel some side effects, mostly from the radiation, which targets his neck area to attack the tumor at the base of his tongue. It also affects his taste buds and salivary glands. "Immediate changes. I was unable to taste pretty quickly," lamented Marty as he headed into one of his daily radiation treatments. "One of my buddies brought me a sandwich that was delicious prior to this. And I couldn't taste it today."

Marty felt well enough to be at work on the radio, singing the praises of his doctors, nurses and hospital volunteers, and urging all parents and grandparents to talk to their doctors about the HPV vaccination. "This is a process that I will go through and my vision for everyone is that you get your kids vaccinated to prevent this from happening to your son your daughter," urged Marty.

Click here to read all about Marty's battle against HPV-related throat cancer at the Marty's Journey Collection on our website.

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