Shutdown shuts out man's chance at life-saving cancer treatment - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Shutdown shuts out Brighton father's chance at life-saving cancer treatment

Posted: Updated:
Mark Howell, 31 Mark Howell, 31
  • More on the 2013 government shutdownMore>>

  • Shutdown shuts out Brighton father's chance at life-saving cancer treatment

    Shutdown shuts out Brighton father's chance at life-saving cancer treatment

    Thursday, October 3 2013 6:13 AM EDT2013-10-03 10:13:34 GMT
    Doctors recommend an aggressive procedure to attack a man's stage 4 skin cancer, but the treatment is at the National Institute of Cancer, a facility now closed off to new patients during the shutdown.
    Each day the government remains shutdown limits the number of days a Brighton father could have left to live. Doctors recommend an aggressive procedure to attack his stage 4 skin cancer. But the treatment is at the National Institute of Cancer, a facility now closed off to new patients during the shutdown.
  • Sound Off: #shutdown3words

    Sound Off: #shutdown3words

    Wednesday, October 2 2013 5:45 PM EDT2013-10-02 21:45:36 GMT
    Add three words to describe how you feel about the government shut down to our Facebook or Twitter page with #shutdown3words and we'll pull it together in one nice feed to send to DC.
    Let the government know what you think!  Add three words to describe how you feel about the government shut down to our Facebook or Twitter page with #shutdown3words and we'll pull it together in one nice feed to send to Washington DC.
  • How the government shutdown could affect flu season

    How the government shutdown could affect flu season

    Wednesday, October 2 2013 11:35 AM EDT2013-10-02 15:35:13 GMT
    This is the time of year we're used to hearing about the big flu forecast. The feds talk about what strains to look out for and how big or bad it could be, but for now you'll hear nothing from the CDC.
    This is the time of year we're used to hearing about the big flu forecast. The feds talk about what strains to look out for and how big or bad it could be, but for now you'll hear nothing from the Center for Disease Control.
BRIGHTON, Mich. (WJBK) -

Each day the government remains shutdown limits the number of days a Brighton father could have left to live.

Mark Howell, 31, was diagnosed with stage-four melanoma just two weeks after his son was born about a year ago. The cancer has continued to grow and spread, and Howell's body is not responding to chemotherapy. Doctors are recommending an aggressive procedure to attack the cancer.

But that procedure is only available at the National Institute of Cancer, a facility now closed off to new patients as a result of the government shutdown.  

"The number of new patients that are now shut out from being accepted are about 200 patients, I think it was a week. And about 30 of those are children," said Howell. "And that's the one that I really struggled with is ... you know, we have children that are much worse off than our situation. And they're not going to have an opportunity to get treatment, perhaps at all, and it might be their very last chance to survive."

The family does have a Plan B: A treatment center in Houston that offers a similar procedure, but it is one that is not quite as aggressive.

"With the type of cancer and growth we've seen in my body, we kind of need to be as aggressive as possible," Howell adds.

"I don't know if there's an option to do it again if it doesn't work the first time, to do it again somewhere else. I don't think that's an option. So, we kind of have one shot at it, and, you know it's our life."

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Boy with autism benefits from therapeutic listening

    Boy with autism benefits from therapeutic listening

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:38 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:38:55 GMT
    Trevor Holzer is as active as any other 10 year old boy. just by looking at him, you wouldn't be able to tell he's affected by autismAs Trevor goes through his occupational therapy, he's got his own soundtrack.It's called therapeutic listening - the idea is to help Trevor with what's called sensory processing disorder. The goal of Easter Seals, making the world a better place for children with disabilities. As Fox 2's Deena Centofanti shows us, from an individual child to a team of players, i...
    Trevor Holzer is as active as any other 10 year old boy. just by looking at him, you wouldn't be able to tell he's affected by autismAs Trevor goes through his occupational therapy, he's got his own soundtrack.It's called therapeutic listening - the idea is to help Trevor with what's called sensory processing disorder. The goal of Easter Seals, making the world a better place for children with disabilities. As Fox 2's Deena Centofanti shows us, from an individual child to a team of players, i...
  • Detroit Police's 'Green Machine 40' stages crackdown of suspected drug houses

    Detroit Police's 'Green Machine 40' stages crackdown of suspected drug houses

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:34 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:34:02 GMT
    Heavily armed members of the Detroit Police Special Response Team move in -- swarming this house on Tacoma with the state police helicopter overhead.This residence is believed to be a drug house where people were selling cocaine. No evidence and no arrests were found this time, but Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the message is loud and clear"We'll come back to this location and we'll send the owner a nice note and if we have to come back again we'll take it," said Craig. Elsewhere ther...
    Heavily armed members of the Detroit Police Special Response Team move in -- swarming this house on Tacoma with the state police helicopter overhead.This residence is believed to be a drug house where people were selling cocaine. No evidence and no arrests were found this time, but Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the message is loud and clear"We'll come back to this location and we'll send the owner a nice note and if we have to come back again we'll take it," said Craig. Elsewhere ther...
  • Romulus cop in hot water after road rage incident

    Romulus cop in hot water after road rage incident

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:03:03 GMT
    An off-duty Romulus police officer is facing felony charges in connection with a road rage incident. Officer David Brooks is facing felonious assault and felony firearms charges after an investigation by Van Buren Township detectives.
    An off-duty Romulus police officer is facing felony charges in connection with a road rage incident. Officer David Brooks is facing felonious assault and felony firearms charges after an investigation by Van Buren Township detectives.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices