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WEB REVIEW – The story of a 3-time cancer survivor

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Larry Zaruba, 59, a retired teacher of auto mechanics at Yoakum High School, Texas, has survived three battles against cancer during the past decade. After smoking a pack and a half of cigarettes a day for 25 years, Zaruba quit cold turkey at the age of 41. However, he did not avoid the onset of three different cancers. "Smokers can retain damage several decades," said Dr. William Morrison from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "But there's always a benefit to quitting and the sooner, the better." In 2003, Larry was diagnosed with soft palate cancer. He had proton therapy five days a week for six weeks at the Houston cancer center. Then in 2007, his weight dropped, and he began coughing up blood. He had stage 2 lung cancer. After 3 months of chemotherapy, half of Larry’s... Full article