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A Mapleton man has a second lease on life, thanks to a prescription medicine

A Mapleton man has a second lease on life, thanks to a prescription medicine

Chuck Dean was diagnosed with melanoma about six years ago and worsening bronchitis forced him onto oxygen tanks two years ago.

During the press conference at June E. Nylen Cancer Center, Dean said he was on death's door when he learned of Opdivo, a new treatment option from a Sioux City oncologist and jumped at the chance.

"Ask other people what you can do with your cancer. There are a lot of new treatments. Don't be afraid to ask about it. Too many of us sit back about it, it's just me, nothing to worry about. I'd like other people to know there are drugs that work," said Dean.

"I wanted to give him what was the best chance and what was the best out there," said Dr. Donald Wender, an oncologist.

Dean said he's sharing his story of hope for patients going through treatment for melanoma. He hopes his story will encourage people.

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