Jake Owen’s Dad Beginning Intense Radiation Therapy Today for Cancer

 

Jake Owen and his dad Steve

Jake Owen and his dad Steve

Back in early January, Jake Owen revealed that his dad, Steve, underwent surgery as the first step in treating throat cancer.  Yesterday we caught up with Jake and he revealed that today is the first day his father will begin receiving intense radiation treatments at Mayo Clinic to hopefully eradicate the cancer.  Jake says, “I talk to him every day.  I think he gets annoyed with it because he thinks that I’m over-analyzing the situation.  But I’m not.  I’m just careful and my main goal is to keep his spirits high.  What he’s going through in his mind isn’t a big deal, because my dad’s good at everything he’s ever done and he works hard so he can beat it.  But I remind him sometimes, whether he wants to hear it or not, ‘Dad, what you’re going through is not easy.  But I’m here for you, mom’s there for you.’”   Jake says he also convinced his dad to get a small dog to be his companion while he undergoes radiation treatments five days a week for six and a half weeks.  Because his dad’s cancer started on the back of his tongue, the radiation treatments will be concentrated on his neck and throat area. He’s expected to lose his taste buds for at least a year and have a horrible sore throat for a while, but Jake feels confident about his dad’s prognosis and he says, “My dad’s been good at everything he does, he’ll beat it, he’ll be good, and I just want to maintain that mindset as well.”

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