November 29, 2011

John Foster | Tongue Cancer Survivor

John Foster, Tongue Cancer Survivor
“I was shaving and felt a little lump, but I didn’t really think anything about it. It never went away, so I asked my wife, who is a nurse here at the Cancer Institute, about it. She said I needed to go to the doctor.

I had a biopsy right after Labor Day weekend in 2006 and was treated with radiation and chemo.

Dr. Pena and Dr. Maddox had already released me from treatment, and today Dr. Stack did also.

I had total confidence in my doctors. I never really worried. There’s no way to really thank people for saving your life.”


A wife’s perspective:
Rebecca Foster
Registered nurse at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

“Since I work at the Cancer Institute, it was helpful knowing my way around and recognizing people everywhere we went for John’s treatment. But having a little bit of knowledge about what was going on probably made it harder for me.

This experience has really showed me how God takes care of us one breath at a time. It truly came down to knowing that He was going to take care of us and provide.

We really appreciate the people involved with his care. They do it all day, every day, but it’s huge to the patients.”

John Foster
Tongue cancer survivor
Maumelle, Ark.