I felt like too much time had passed since initially discovering the lump on my neck (a little over 2-weeks ago) to the actual diagnosis of cancer, so I promptly began researching experts in the area of head/neck cancer. Fortunately, my background in the biotechnology industry provided some close connections in the oncology community and I reached out to one of them (Dr. Susan Slovin, an oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MSKCC). She referred to me to Dr. David Pfister at MSKCC in New York. It didn’t take me long to figure out that this was a great fit, as he was part of the team who treated actor Michael Douglas. Michael Douglas received a diagnosis of stage IV oropharyngeal cancer in 2010 and spoke about his experience at a medical conference in 2014, which you can read by clicking here. I scheduled the first available appointment with Dr. Pfister and also set up an appointment with another oncologist at the University of Pennsylvania. I’m not the most patient person in the world, so waiting over a week for initial consultations didn’t sit well with me. I wanted to know the treatment options and plan – and more importantly, I wanted treatment ASAP. Every day looking in the mirror and seeing the large lump on the right side of my neck was a constant reminder of the disease.