Oct 21, 2014 1:00 AM

Author: Dave Gagon

Dave Gagon with transplant surgeon Robin Kim

“It’s all so surreal – like a bad dream,” reflected liver cancer survivor, Scott Kent. “But it turned out to be a good dream when all was said and done.”

In 2012, while vacationing in Montana over Christmas, Kent became so ill he couldn’t enjoy his Christmas dinner. After a workup at a local clinic, Kent was told he exhibited all the signs of liver cancer.

“It knocked me back on my heels,” he said. “Now what do I do?”

He was advised to cut his vacation short and return to Utah, where he was referred to Dr. Robin Kim, executive director of the Transplant Service Line at the University of Utah. After months of rigorous chemotherapy and radiation, he was finally eligible for transplantation. On December 30, 2013 that long awaited call came and Kent received a liver transplant. Today, he cannot say enough about the excellent care he was given.

“The University of Utah Transplant team is phenomenal,” Kent declared. “They have a great teamwork approach. They are the best in the world as far as I am concerned.”

“The multidisciplinary transplant service at the University of Utah creates a personalized treatment plan for each individual facing this disease,” said Kim. “The transplant team provides world class care.”

October is liver cancer awareness month. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 700,000 people throughout the world are diagnosed with this cancer each year. It is also a leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, accounting for more than 600,000 every year.

For Kent, the road to recovery has not always been easy. However, thanks to the care he received at the University of Utah, he is happy to be alive today and wants others in his situation to remember to “stay focused on the good” and “know there is hope.”

Dave Gagon

Dave Gagon is a freelance writer/editor who spent 17 years writing for the Deseret News. He currently teaches writing at the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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