LIVING WITH CANCER, WEIGHING THE PRICE: DALLAS-AREA PATIENTS DISCUSS HARD CHOICES
Monday, April 20, 2015
By Jim Landers
Mike Hernandez did well for himself and his family. He retired to his home in Coppell at 47 after a career with Lucent Technologies. Five years later, though, doctors found cancer in his throat. Surgery to remove the tumor did some damage to his vocal cords. Then the cancer spread to his lymph nodes.
Hernandez participated in a clinical trial at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. When the trial ended, he was offered a shot at a second one, but he would need to put up $40,000.He turned it down.
“I don’t think I’m worth $40,000,” he said.
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