“My first reaction was shock, then fear that it wouldn’t be curable. But I refused to just give up. I chose hope, and I began researching treatment options that would give me the best chance to beat this disease,” recalls Falhaber, then 55.
By November, he connected with a community-based oncologist and underwent a two-drug chemotherapy regimen followed by radiation therapy in conjunction with a second round of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor.
“At the time, my tumor was too large. Surgery wasn’t an option, and cure wasn’t possible without surgery,” adds Falhaber.