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“If it weren’t for all the bad parts of cancer, everybody would really benefit from it.”
Kevin Lankes has been writing stories for as long as he can remember. His first story, written at age 5, was about giant mutant pizzas terrorizing the city. In 2011, at age 25, Kevin found himself at the center of an even scarier drama: stage 3 melanoma. The lesion started on his leg and had already spread to his lymph nodes by the time it was discovered.
Kevin was treated at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Cancer by John Kirkwood, M.D., who recommended that Kevin have surgery followed by an immunotherapy called interferon. Interferon boosts the body’s natural defense mechanism against cancer and has been shown to delay recurrence. During his treatment and recovery, Kevin decided to write his personal memoir, which he recently had published.
TheAnswertoCancer (TheA2C) spoke with Kevin about his experience with cancer and why he decided to write about it.
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