Jared Swan was a freshman at the University of Oregon and looking forward to college life when one day his hands suddenly went numb and he started to stumble. “I had three grand mal seizures,” says Jared. “The next thing I knew, I woke up in the hospital and my parents were there.” Jared’s doctors discovered a brain tumor caused his seizures. After doing what they could to help him, Jared relocated to Utah and went to Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) for treatment.
“We had an open clinical trial we thought was perfect for this type of tumor. It’s an experimental treatment where catheters are placed into the brain and the drug is infused directly into the tumor,” says Randy Jensen, MD, PhD, an HCI neurosurgeon and investigator and associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
“All the other doctors had pretty much given up on me,” Jared says. “It was great just having new hope.” Jared was one of the first to undergo this new treatment and doctors were optimistic it would help. “Guys like Jared are the reason you keep doing research because we want everybody to have a good outcome and overcome such tough diseases,” says Jensen.
The treatments worked and Jared has been cancer free for seven years. “Now I have a job, go fishing, and do everything I enjoy. There’s a ton of people that I just couldn’t thank enough. Never give up, that’s all I can say.”
Learn more about brain tumors in our cancer types and topics, or visit the Brain, Spine, and Skull Base Cancer Program webpages.