Unusual liver cancer cure gets one man talking
Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:42:03 GMT —
CNN -- It isn't often that doctors use the word cure, but that's exactly the case for one man who was dying from liver cancer.
Some physicians who initially saw Jim Orr thought he might only live six to nine months from last April.
Now, only a week out from a liver transplant, he says that his life with his wife isn't the only thing that means more these days...everything means more.
Even with aggressive chemotherapy treatment, doctors still gave him three to six months to live, which is what Dr. Shumul Shah said is normally what happens.
Orr began applying for a liver transplant with the idea that although he had cancer all over his liver, they could take his liver out and put a new one in, consequently curing him by doing a transplant.
A medical board approved the transplant even though cancer patients are not typically candidates for transplants. When the medical team removed the old liver they found signs that indicated that the transplant worked.
Orr now says his mission is to encourage others to become organ donors and to remind people that miracles do happen, and that's what matters most.