Clerk of Court wins battle against throat cancer

May 16, 2014 at 8:50 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Lance Marino celebrates Mother’s Day with his mom.
Lance Marino celebrates Mother’s Day with his mom.
An extensive barrage of radiation and chemotherapy treatments have combined to drive throat cancer from St. Charles Parish Clerk of Court Lance Marino’s body.

“I got a negative test, which is a good thing. Doctors hesitate to use cancer free because I could get cancer sometime way down the line, but right now I’m as normal as anyone,” the 51-year-old Marino said.

Last August, Marino found a bump in his neck while shaving. His worst fears were confirmed when tests showed that the bump was a cancerous tumor. Marino, who is a non-smoker, said his doctors were perplexed that he would contract a type of cancer that is usually found in smokers. He believes that it may have been caused by secondhand smoke.

“I have in my lifetime been around a lot of secondhand smoke. My father smoked when it was OK to smoke inside and I worked in a bar and restaurant for years in college where there was a lot of smoking. I would say for the first half of my life I was exposed to a lot of secondhand smoke,” he said.

In order to kill the cancer cells, Marino went through 12 weeks of chemotherapy.

“I went one day a week and took eight hours of medicine,” Marino said. “It caused fatigue like I’ve never had before.”When the chemotherapy was complete, Marino went through radiation for seven weeks, going for treatment five times a week.

“The radiation was tough, especially considering the area where I had my cancer. I got second-degree burns all around my neck,” Marino said. “I still have trouble swallowing food, but I am able to swallow liquids.”

Marino said he was able to make it through that difficult time by staying upbeat.

“My wife has always told me that I have a very positive outlook on life, but after going through this I’m more appreciative of everything,” Marino said. “I saver it all a little more than I used to.”

Marino was very public about his battle with cancer and received tremendous support from both his family and the community.

“That support meant everything. A lot of people prayed for me and I believe those prayers saved me,” Marino said. “Those prayers gave doctors the ability to treat me.”

Along with the prayers, Marino said a number of people dropped off food for his family and sent cards.

“I received so much that I am still working to respond to everyone,” Marino said. “However, I want everyone to know that I am extremely grateful for everything they did for me and all the prayers they sent.”

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