Enquirer: Patient beat the odds of cancer with support from UC team

The Cincinnati Enquirer recently highlighted the story of Dr. Alan Jobe, a Cincinnati Children's and University of Cincinnati neonatologist and researcher who found his role reversed in 2019. Jobe, a former College of Medicine Daniel Drake medalist, became a patient after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma, one of the most deadly and aggressive forms of brain tumors.

"This is a tumor that if you read your survival curves for this, most people are dead in six months," Jobe told the Enquirer. "That was pretty depressing to hear." 

The University of Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center team, including Mario Zuccarello, MD, and Soma Sengupta, MD, PhD, put together a treatment plan that included surgery, radiation and mild chemotherapy. Jobe has beaten the odds and hasn't had any tumor progression over the last two-and-a-half years.

Jobe has weakness on his left side, is unable to write and has difficulty chewing sometimes, but he spends his days gardening, swimming and traveling.

"You have to do what you can do when you can do it because you may not be able to do it later," he said.  

Read the Enquirer story. (Note: Account log-in or subscription may be required to view story.)

Featured photo at top of Alan Jobe courtesy of UC Health.

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