Marty Griffin Gives Cancer Update While Receiving Chemo Treatment

The KDKA Radio host has a cancerous tumor in his throat from HPV

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
October 02, 2018 - 12:53 pm

Andrew Limberg


Related: Getting Your Child The HPV Vaccine Can Prevent Cancer Later In Life

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Two-thirds of the way into his cancer treatment, Marty Griffin gave listeners an update on his health Tuesday.

Griffin was absent from his show “The Inside Story” while he received a seven-hour treatment.

Griffin says his doctors tell him the cancerous tumor in his throat, caused from the HPV virus, has reduced in size by about half.

While hooked up to an IV at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center for his second of three chemotherapy treatments, Griffin talked about the side effects he has experienced so far.

“You lose weight . . . you hate food and I mean hate. It took me half an hour to eat two pierogies.”

In addition, Griffin says his mouth is constantly dry and any saliva in his mouth is as thick as “wallpaper paste”.

Griffin says he isn’t complaining, in fact there is a 95% cure rate associated with the type of cancer he has (Squamous Cell Cancer). The reason he has shared and continues to share his cancer journey is so that no one else ever has to go through what he has gone through.’

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

“There are folks that don’t like vaccines and think they’re dangerous and we all make individual choices. I wish it was mandated. Folks, this is a hell trip,” said Griffin while lying in his hospital bed.

In addition to the chemo and immunotherapy treatments, Griffin gets a radiation treatment every weekday.

Follow Marty on his journey and learn why he wants you to make sure your child is vaccinated against HPV at his new site

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