Houston Texans Bob McNair Press Conference

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 8/7/2014, 6:48 p.m.
“I thank you for joining us today. I wanted to take this opportunity to accomplish two things really. The first ...
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair

(Transcribed by Seth Medvin, Trevor Caswell and Zach Mayer)

Owner Bob McNair

(opening statement) “I thank you for joining us today. I wanted to take this opportunity to accomplish two things really. The first is to let you know what my situation is and fortunately, that’s very good news and the other, is to speak to those folks who might be having some ailments and encourage them to take advantage of the great facilities we have here in Houston and what a blessing it is to be here, where we have the medical center and all of the great institutions there, and of course the Methodist Hospital takes care of our team and the folks at MD Anderson took care of me as I went through this ordeal. They collaborated also with Baylor College of Medicine on some of the studies, so it’s been a very collaborative effort, which we encourage and like to see happen within the medical community and in the Texas Medical Center.”

“To give you a little background, as I’ve told some people, I think I’ve just outlived my skin. It goes back to my youth and even when I was in college, I worked on the beach as a lifeguard every summer. We didn’t have sunscreen, so I’d get burnt to a crisp every year. Later as a young adult, for some 20 to 25 years, I played a lot of tennis and we were just getting to the point where we were using sunscreen, so my skin has been abused by the sun for an extended period of time. As a result of that, over the last 20 years probably, I’ve had a regular procedure of going in to the dermatologist and having things frozen, cut-off, or what have you, and it’s just been an everyday event, sort of—I go in every in every three to four months. Last fall, I had an occurrence and it was just like a small pimple behind my left ear on the side of my head. I went in and my dermatologist looked at it and recognized that, instead of it being a non-cancerous growth, was perhaps a Squamous Cell skin cancer, so I went in and had surgery on that and in the past, I’ve done that. That’s not the first time that we’ve used, they call it Mohs I think it is, Mohs surgery. I’ve probably had four or five other Squamous Cell skin cancers and they have been removed and haven’t been an issue, but in this particular case, the cancer came back; we just hadn’t gotten all of the cancer cells at that time. About five or six years prior to that, I had been diagnosed with CLL, which is a chronic illness. It’s Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and it’s something that if need be, can be treated, but I was barely over the normal range for my blood-count for white blood cells. Dr. Michael Keating, who is here, has been taking care of me in regards to that, and really, there has been no therapy, no medication, or anything; it’s just something to keep an eye on but, what it does do, it does lower your immunity, your immune system is not as strong. With the Squamous Cell skin cancer, it was more aggressive, so when it showed up again, that’s when I went to MD Anderson and my internist at Baylor College of Medicine, Jim Pool, called Michael Keating, that was first thing. I think Michael was in Australia and I think Jim Pool was in New York, so we were communicating around the world. Michael put together a team there at MD Anderson, Randy Webber over here is our surgeon and David Rosenthal handled the Radiology Oncology part; they’ve been a great team, they’re going to be here afterwards and can answer any questions that you might have. After Randy Webber had performed the surgery, there was concern because the cancer was aggressive and that we needed to make sure that we got rid of it. Their team felt that I needed to undergo radiation and chemotherapy, so I did do that. For six weeks, I had radiation every morning, so it was a total of thirty treatments, I think, and I had chemotherapy up through about the fourth week. The good news is these things can be dealt with. Shortly thereafter, I think maybe in April, I went in and had the first CT scan and I was clean of all the cancer cells at that point in time, and have since, gone in this past Monday and got a clean bill of health report again, so at this point in time, it’s history. I guess the , message is we need to use sunscreen; if you have fair skin and you’re out in the sun quite a bit, I suggest you wear a hat, which I do all of the time now. There are many forms of cancer that can be cured, can be dealt with, we’re making great progress. In the past if you mentioned cancer, people thought, ‘Well, it’s a death sentence’ and that’s just not nearly the case. I think with some people, it frightens them, so they don’t seek treatment. The message is, there is treatment, we got great facilities here, there are great people who can take care of you, and can deal with these illnesses with great success.”