Marty Griffin Recovering After Cancer Setback

UPDATE: Marty's wife says he is doing much better

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
October 04, 2018 - 10:20 am

Andrew Limberg


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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - KDKA Radio’s Marty Griffin is recovering after a setback during his cancer treatment.

Earlier this week, Griffin received his second of three chemotherapy treatments. He also gets radiation and immunotherapy.

In a video Thursday, Griffin said after radiation, he felt “very wobbly” and had a fever of 103.7 and his blood pressure was in the low 50s. He called it the worst day of his cancer battle so far.

Laying in a bed at UPMC Shadyside’s ICU, Griffin updated his listeners of his condition.

With a warming blanket and hooked up to oxygen, Griffin said he will recover but his doctors are not sure why he had such a high fever, and that they don’t think it is a side effect of the chemo.

“They have me on steroids, antibiotics and Tamiflu, in case it’s the flu because I have a really high fever. If it’s the flu it would’ve been the first case.”

Griffin isn't sure when he will be back on air but hopes to be released sometime Thursday.

UPDATE: Griffin’s wife Kristen Sorensen tells the KDKA Radio Afternoon News that Marty is doing much better Thursday afternoon and that “everything is stabilized”.

She says they hope he will be moved out of the ICU this evening and that he is now laughing and texting.

Sorensen adds the believes Griffin will be back Monday for “The Inside Story” at 9 a.m.

Griffin has been getting treatments for a cancerous tumor near his throat. The HPV virus caused the cancer so since he found out about his diagnosis; he has been urging everyone to get their kids vaccinated for HPV.

30,000 new HPV cancer related cases are reported a year and Griffin says 98% of those cases can all be prevented with a vaccine given to children

You can follow Marty’s journey on his website Sparkt

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