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Grant Achatz of Alinea (Chicago) has advanced mouth cancer

It has recently been reported by the NY Times that Grant Achatz has advanced mouth cancer. Let's all hope for a full recovery for him.

http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

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  1. That is not a good prognosis. My stepdad was diagnosed with stage 1 cancer of the tongue over 2 years ago and the treatment of that was very harsh with chemo and radiation. He lost 30 pounds and at the later stages of treatment he had to have a tube place from his nose to his stomach, because he could not swallow anymore. Luckily now he is cancer free.

    I wish him the best of luck.

    1. That is simply awful news. Here's hoping and praying for a speedy recovery.

      1. Some good news about Chef Achatz and his battle with cancer....

        http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.co...

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        1. re: LabRat

          That's really good to hear. I am particularly glad that he is able to eat whatever he wants and is gaining weight. Thanks for the update. I hope and pray for his continued recovery.

          1. re: LabRat

            Thanks for the up-date. I had the good fortune to experience Grant's food a couple of times and was given a tour through his kitchen. He's truly a remarkable guy and I wish him all the best.

          2. Yea, I read on Ruhlman.com that he was doing better, and that doctors say he's defied expectations. Yay for good news.

            1. For updated information see post dated September 3 by chefg in this thread from the Chicago Area board: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/437500