“I remember the first time I saw him in the hospital, he was like, ‘It’s cancer,'” Dr. Philip Johnson, the co-author of The Great Brain Cancer: What We Know About The Great Genome, said in an interview.
“I think I was at his bedside when he finally passed away.”
Johnson, who is now a professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said he first saw his husband, a father of five, in a wheelchair in the ICU, where he was undergoing a rare type of brain cancer.
“He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever known,” Johnson said.
“It’s a very difficult thing to see somebody like that on a screen, and he’s a genius, and I think he knew he was going to die.”
Johnson said he knew the risks of his patients were high, but he was never one to shy away from speaking out for them.
“My husband and I had our own struggle with this one, but we made the choice to get the diagnosis, and to go through the treatment that we needed,” Johnson added.
“And the results of the treatment helped us get him to the point where he’s still alive and in the same condition that he was when he was diagnosed.”
“I have been on the forefront of trying to find ways to reduce the risk of brain tumors and brain cancer, and we’ve found ways to help patients avoid the disease,” Johnson explained.
“So I have no doubt that my husband is the reason that he is alive.”
Johnson is currently researching how to reduce cancer risk and how to make cancer treatment more affordable and accessible for patients.
Johnson’s husband was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that he’s now battling for the rest of his life.
He is a patient in a phase 3 trial that uses a cocktail of drugs to treat brain tumors.
The drug cocktail is already available to about one in every 10,000 people.
Johnson said that he believes his husband’s case is the first in which he has seen patients with a brain tumor that are still alive, but are in remission after treatment.
“We don’t know if that’s going to happen in our population, but I think we have a lot of hope,” Johnson told BuzzFeed News.
“The brain is the most sensitive organ in the body and I don’t think we’ve seen a cure for that before.”
“He is still here, and that’s what he wants,” Johnson continued.
“This is the biggest miracle in my life.
It’s been amazing.”