Kurt, head and neck cancer survivor
“Once I was done with treatments, I was hiking and getting back on track as soon as I was able.”
When Kurt Deetz was diagnosed with a cancer in his tonsil that had already spread to a nearby lymph node, he struggled with many questions, including whether he’ll see his seven year old son grow up and if he can still continue his career as a helicopter pilot.
His outlook changed when he came to City of Hope for treatment and met with Ellie Maghami, M.D., the Norman and Sadie Lee Professor in Head and Neck Cancer.
“The moment I met her, I knew I was in the right place,” Deetz said.
After the heartening consultation with Dr. Maghami, Deetz underwent seven weeks of chemotherapy and targeted radiation at City of Hope, which drove his cancer into remission.
Although the regimen was taxing at the time, looking back Deetz said “it’s nothing; it’s like summer vacation.”
In addition to praising the excellent care he received at City of Hope, he also attributed his outcomes to having a positive mentality.
“Cancer hates positive people. I think this mindset goes hand-in-hand with not giving in and laughing at everything. I truly feel that I am cancer-free today because of my positive attitude.”
Today, Deetz is cancer-free, back on the chopper and enjoying time with his family.