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Cancer Took This Doctor's Vocal Cords, But Not His Spirit

His throat cancer led to a laryngectomy, but he's not letting it take his voice

Tumor in the larynx.
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    Photo of Itzhak Brook, M.D.
    "Some people feel very uncomfortable with what we call 'a hole in the neck.' It’s not very nice or aesthetically pleasing even when it‘s covered. For me, it’s a badge of honor that I had cancer and I go on without it interrupting my life." — Itzhak Brook, M.D.
    Sheila M. Eldred

    Sheila M. Eldred


    Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a graduate of Columbia’s School of Journalism and a former newspaper reporter. As a freelance health journalist, she writes about everything from life-threatening diseases to elite athletes. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Nature, FiveThirtyEight, Pacific Standard, STAT News, and other publications. In her spare time, she and her family love running, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking in Minneapolis.