Life

By Josh Saunders


A courageous grandad who has battled deadly cancers for 46 years and beaten the disease NINE times claims he is the ‘luckiest man alive.’

Andrew Kuzyk, 54, from McDonough in Georgia, USA, was eight-years-old when part of his ear was removed due to a rare form of skin cancer and he has been battling ever since.

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His second cancer struggle had surgeons sawing off part of his fibula to remove a dangerous osteosarcoma after suffering from agonising leg pain.

After miraculous surviving T2 Gallbladder cancer 30 years ago, he was given two years to live and would beat two Stage 4 Malignant melanomas.

A decade ago, he overcame a minimal 4% chance of survival from Stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma – a deadly form of kidney cancer – and last month had three malignant melanomas removed.

The grandfather believes he is the ‘luckiest man alive’ having beaten nine lethal forms of cancer and regularly defying doctors’ dismal diagnosis.

Andrew said: “Surviving cancer one, twice, maybe three times may be rare but nine times is simply unheard of.

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“I am still fighting despite enduring a multitude of cancer operations, including two of my surgeons believe I would not survive.

“Doctors and surgeons have told me, ‘You’re one lucky fellow’ and one oncologist told me from the annals of recorded cancer , ‘there’s nobody that has had cancer nine times’

“There must be something in my DNA that both attracts cancer but also in turn is able to come back from it and fend it off after surgery, it’s a mystery to me as well.

“I am truly a remarkable fighter. I have managed to defy any and all expectations to reach my 54th birthday.

“I have never touched a cigarette in my life, I would only have one glass of wine on a rare occasion, never done drugs, in essences I feel like I’ve lived a savoury life.

PICS BY ANDREW MILLER / CATERS NEWS – (PICTURED: Scarring from the osteosarcoma bone cancer which happened at 17 years old .

“Cancer has become a friend of mine, if you will, I’m a ‘cancer frequent flyer.’

“I feel very lucky, I have family members and good friends who have died of the same cancers I have had.

“I’ve realised my mission is to help others who are battling cancer by giving them hope.”

After beating both basil cell and osteosarcoma cancer by the age of 18-years-old, he was diagnosed with T2 Gallbladder cancer.

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Je had to have his gallbladder and stomach removed to prevent cancer spreading further into his system, and was given him a two-year life expectancy.

Andrew said: “Four years after my Osteosarcoma battle I felt good and thought I might be in the clear with regards to cancer, but I had several episodes of pain in the upper centre of my abdomen.

“My doctors ordered an abdominal ultrasound, a surgical specialist reassured me that gallbladder cancer was ‘highly unlikely.’

“He had done thousands of gallbladder surgeries and told me, it was ‘very rare’ and if it was the case I would probably be dead already.

“I fought the disease by having my cancerous bladder removed before the cancer could invade my entire system.

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“Statistics for gallbladder cancer are not very reassuring, I went into surgery hoping to live two years, but once more I managed to beat the odds of survival.”

Three years later, it was discovered he had two Stage 4 Malignant Melanomas.

Due to having a condition called Displastic Nevi Syndrome, ordinary moles on his skin are twenty times more like to turn cancerous.

Andrew said: “My moles are darker than average and tend to turn into the deadly malignant melanoma more than normal.

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“With deadly stage four malignant melanomas, wide excision surgeries were the only radical treatment known to attack and remove the cancer.

“It is a miracle in myself to survive a stage four cancer attack let alone two attacks, the surgeries left my back looking like a cruel battleground of scars.”

Andrew had his ‘toughest battle’ with cancer in 2003 after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer.

He said: “I had the most advanced form of the disease. My survival was a dismal 4.8% and I have never prayed so hard in my entire life for healing.

“Then in March this year, I had three dark moles excised for further evaluation and two weeks later I had scheduled melanoma removal surgeries.

“I believe I have pulled through because of my fighting spirit, my faith and the skill of the surgeons who performed the procedures to remove the deadly cancer.”

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Andrew believes his cancer curse is due to his family genetics, with both of his parents and grandparents being killed by the disease.

Now have defied all of the odds, Andrew shares his story to help others appreciate life and to inspire people with cancer to keep fighting.

Andrew said: “After going through such a long history of illness and surgery and still being alive, I have to believe there must have been something intervening for my body, mind and soul.

“If you want to help a friend diagnosed with cancer, just be there, friends can’t make cancer go away, they can’t make it all better, they can, however, help you feel safer.

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“When you’re scared, it’s important to know that someone is there, I believe I am alive today because I am meant to help people affected by this painful and awful disease.”

CANCERS ANDREW HAS BEATEN SO FAR

1970- Basil Cell Carsinoma – Skin Cancer
1980- Osteosarcoma – Bone Cancer
1984- T2 Gallbladder Cancer
1987- Stage 4 Malignant Melanoma – Cancerous moles x 2
2003- Stage 4 Renal Cell Carsinsoma – Kidney Cancer
2017- Malignant Melanoma – Cancerous moles x 3