Brian Welch, 57, faced a difficult road ahead after being diagnosed with a rare cancer in late 2020. After feeling a knot underneath his jawbone in November 2020, doctors discovered a tumor in Brian’s salivary gland.
“I was fortunate enough that my wife Jane [a pharmaceutical representative] was familiar with Dr. Jessica Croley, so that’s who we went to,” Brian said.
Dr. Croley removed the tumor from Brian’s salivary gland, but the next step for eliminating this aggressive cancer was to remove the salivary gland and 30 lymph nodes in his neck and chest. Dr. Croley referred Brian to the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center through CHI Saint Joseph Health’s affiliation for the surgery.
“I didn’t know what to expect, and it was scary because that’s the place you go when it’s something serious,” he said. “I was told what I had was mysterious and very aggressive.”
As it turned out, the affiliation provided the best course of action for Brian’s rare case, he said.
“It was huge having access to Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center,” Brian said. “It was really convenient, and it worked out great.”