That is what 65-year-old Don Maushart said about his first visit to the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center in June 2021 to find out his treatment options for his esophageal cancer.
Don works for a transportation company in Newport, Kentucky. During his free time, he enjoys spending time outside, working in the garden and fishing. In his eyes, any temperature below 70 degrees is cold. When he’s not outside, he’s spending time with his wife of 42 years, Nancy, their three adult children, daughter-in-law and their grandkids.
“Our family is super close. Our grandkids are the light of our lives,” said Don.
One day, Don started having trouble swallowing his vitamins. He immediately scheduled an appointment to see his family physician. As he waited for his appointment, his condition worsened‑ he was struggling to even swallow food.
After seeing his doctor and an ear, nose and throat specialist, he went to a local hospital to have additional testing done, including a biopsy. The tests revealed a tumor in his upper esophagus. The esophagus is the long, hollow tube that runs from the throat down to the stomach.
With his recent struggles swallowing, Don and Nancy both knew that the diagnosis wouldn’t be good. His doctor recommended he go to the UC Cancer Center and see Davendra Sohal, MD, UC Health hematology oncologist and associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the UC College of Medicine.
Don’s doctor recommended the UC Cancer Center because of the research and clinical trial options not available anywhere else in the region. Additionally, the UC Cancer Center offers multidisciplinary teams to care for the most complex cancer cases. With the partnership with the University of Cincinnati, UC Health offers clinical trials that may offer patients another option for treatment.