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Chuck Berg, 71, has battled four different types of cancer since 2007: spinal cancer, multiple myeloma, colon cancer and, currently, T-cell lymphoma. A jazz lover and film studies professor at Kansas University, Berg relishes playing his tenor sax at home or for an audience.

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After multiple diagnoses, cancer fighter never down for the count

Lawrence resident Chuck Berg has spent most of his adult life teaching others about the joys of music, film, art and philosophy. But during a trying six-year period in which he fought three types of cancer and flirted with the other side more times than he can remember, this consummate educator learned more about himself, his support system and survival than he dreamed was possible. By Matt Tait


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