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Finding Her Voice: Throat Cancer Survivor Tells Her Story – Part II

On Friday, March 25, you met Jaretta Bull, a throat cancer survivor and the star of our most recent television commercial. In that post, you only read just one part of her powerful story. Today, we share with you more about the innovative robotic surgical procedure that we offer that removed her tumor. Tomorrow, the series will come to a close with a look at Jaretta’s life now that she has survived cancer.

Dr. Jeffrey Bumpous“As soon as I met him, I felt like I had known him my whole life.”

That’s how Jaretta Bull remembers her first encounter with Dr. Jeffrey Bumpous. He is pictured on the left next to his colleague, Dr. Kevin Potts.

After Dr. Bumpous assessed Jaretta’s condition, he told her that – based on her early stage of cancer – she was a good candidate for a robotic surgery called TORS, or TransOral Robotic Surgery.

She also learned that the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at University of Louisville Hospital was the only place in this region to have that innovative procedure.

She was relieved to hear that the surgery would be less invasive than a traditional surgery, and it would mean no radiation or chemotherapy would be needed.

And, best of all, they could get her in right away.

After weighing her options, Jaretta chose this treatment path. On August 13, 2010, just two weeks after her diagnosis, she was in the surgical suite.

“What I was expecting to hear that day just didn’t happen,” she said. “My girlfriends had already begun to pick out cute hats and wigs for me. We all just assumed I would have to have radiation and I would lose my hair.”

But that wasn’t the case.

“I had no idea that I had another choice.”

Click here to read the final installment of Jaretta Bull’s story!


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