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BY Lisa Nalven

Ten months ago, doctors told my brother, Eric, that he had squamous cell carcinoma in his nasal cavity. My family and I were concerned, not just about the diagnosis, but also because Eric had previously he survived squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue in 2004.

After seeing several doctors in Florida, my brother was conflicted about which treatments to try and not terribly thrilled with the choices he had been given. At the suggestion...