Pete Archbold was diagnosed in March of this year with squamous cell carcinoma, which is a fairly common form of oral cancer. He noticed two enlarged lymph nodes on the right side of his neck and a biopsy confirmed his worst fear. Pete’s doctors initially removed both of his tonsils and biopsied his tongue, pharynx and the roof of this mouth, but they never found the initial source of his cancer.
Pete had his chemotherapy and radiation treatments all through the Aurora Cancer Care center in Kenosha. He was a rare patient; rare in that whatever kind of side effect or complication that could go along with his treatments, even the rare ones, Pete seemed to get.
“I’m the five percent guy. Only five percent of people get hiccups from the chemotherapy; well I got hiccups. I got a hematoma and needed emergency surgery, nobody gets hematomas. I just had a lot of rare complications,” Pete shares.
But Pete says what also made his situation rare was the exceptional care he received at Aurora. He got emotional talking about his caregivers, who he says are all first-class, “The care at Aurora is just top-notch. They have a tough job; I don’t know how they do it. From the receptionist to the nurses, to the doctors– they just care. They really do.”
Pete is finished with radiation and chemotherapy and is now doing physical therapy to learn how to swallow again. He’s still not able to eat normal foods and is just barely starting to get his appetite back. There is no doubt; his year has been a tough one. But he is extremely grateful for the care he received, and can’t imagine going anywhere else.
“I know they also offered things like massage therapy and acupuncture. I had a woman who would come in and just sit and talk to me sometimes, just to see how I was doing. It was all so helpful, and I am so grateful to have been offered so many options,” he says.
You can help enhance the already exceptional care being offered at Aurora Cancer Care clinics in Racine and Kenosha by attending the Infinity Ball on Saturday, November 5. To purchase tickets or to make a gift, go to give.aurora.org/infinity.