Mark found a lump in the neck and was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the neck. Mark did his research for the top-rated institutions in the country who treated Head and Neck Cancer. He chose to go to Penn Medicine.
TransOral Robotic Surgery
At Penn, he met Dr. Weinstein, who recommended TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS). TORS was invented at Penn and is the world’s first minimally invasive surgery techniques that enables surgeons to remove benign and malignant tumors of the mouth and throat. With TORS, Mark's tumor was removed while preserving speech, swallowing, and other key functions.
Penn recommended Mark for Proton Therapy at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center. Proton therapy is a non–invasive, incredibly precise cancer treatment that uses a beam of protons moving at very high speeds to destroy the DNA of cancer cells. Today Mark is cancer-free.