ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (PRWEB) March 07, 2013
When 88-year-old Masters Hall of Fame swimmer and esteemed coach, Paul Hutinger, Ph.D., was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the nose, the champion took it in “stride.” As an All-American athlete, top exercise physiology researcher, and competitive swimmer, with over 800 top ten achievements and 70 current world records over 72 years, Dr. Hutinger was sure his body would stand up to the challenge.
Dr. Hutinger began swimming at just 12-years-old. Learning at summer camp, he began observing the better swimmers’ techniques, later practicing at the local public pool. That led to a career as a high school and college swimming coach, while studying for his Ph.D. in exercise physiology. His research with Indiana University led him to coach and swim with now Olympian, Mark Spitz, who held the record for most gold medals in a year, until recently being beaten by Michael Phelps.
Just like his life, Dr. Hutinger’s cancer diagnosis was unique – it all started with a routine visit to the dentist. While working on his upper teeth in 2011, the dentist incidentally broke a bone in his nose. As it turned out, a squamous cell carcinoma tumor was wreaking havoc on the cartilage in his nose, weakening the bone.
“With no symptoms or signs on the skin, and the cancer underneath the weakened bone, I don’t know how I ever would’ve found the cancer early enough to treat it successfully,” Dr. Hutinger says. “I was training and competing regularly in Masters Championships with the Florida Mavericks and was playing an active role in my health. Cancer was the furthest thing from my mind.”
After surgery to remove the bulk of the tumor, Dr. Hutinger visited local radiation therapy provider WellSpring Oncology, and was treated by Board Certified Radiation Oncologist Dr. Robert Miller.
“Dr. Miller is an excellent medical doctor to head up the program at WellSpring O
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