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Only after seeking a fifth opinion did Grant find a doctor willing to change the standard medical protocol—to hold off on surgery until after first trying to beat the cancer with chemotherapy and radiation. A year and a half after starting treatment, Grant is cancer-free and still has his tongue.
Grant says the experience taught him the importance of being your own medical advocate. "When somebody tells you that this is the recommended treatment, if it doesn't sound agreeable to you, go get another opinion," he says. "Everybody knows about their body."