Heartbeat 7-20-14: Radio Host Diagnosed With Cancer

The first sign of cancer for Matt Crow was a cough and a raspy voice.
LUBBOCK, TX -- The first sign of cancer for Matt Crow was a cough and a raspy voice before Easter.

“I started to get a bit of a cough and didn’t think much about it,” Crow said. “And then I started to talk very raspy. You know I didn’t feel sick. I felt fine.”

Crow was diagnosed with recurrent metastatic testicular cancer.

Dr. Stephan Dorkhom said, “Matt's case was unique in that he presented the symptoms of metastatic disease, which means it spread outside the organ where it originally started, which was the testicle.”

Crow has been working with Dr. Dorkhom at Covenant’s Joe Arrington Cancer Center.

“It spread to his chest and was pushing against his vocal cords and had voice loss, and this was his career,” Dorkhom said.  “He is on the radio. He is known for his voice, and next thing you know he has a 12 centimeter mass in his chest that is a cancer recurrence.”

The mass has been dwindling. 

“I know something is working because before I couldn’t talk at all,” Crow said.  “So, I know the tumor is shrinking.”

Fortunately, Crow’s case was curable. But it’s also a less for other men.

Dr. Dorkhom said “For young males the key thing to remember is a painless testicular mass, and that's often ignored.”

 This week Crow will complete his final course of chemo.  It has been an emotional journey.

“Probably the hardest thing I've been through,” Crow said.  “There’s nothing you can do about it - just keep pushing through.”
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