University of Connecticut Health Center

Man beats cancer with immunotherapy and cycling

Doctors told South Meriden resident Daniel Santomero he had 18 months to live in August 2015 when he was diagnosed with Stage-4 head and neck cancer. Two years later, he has beaten the odds thanks to experimental immunotherapy treatment.

"I went from one foot in the grave to riding 100 miles on a bike," Santomero said. "It's a miracle."

Santomero, 61, grew up in Meriden and graduated from Platt High School. He went on to a career in the time share business, where he traveled the world, including two years living in Australia. It was in Australia where he first felt a lump in his neck. He returned to the United States and was living in Hilton Head, South...