He had a resection, 3 years ago now?? And he was smart enough to go on medication immediately after surgery as "insurance". It sounds like it might be Remicade he's on and I gotta tell you, THAT take some GUTS, to opt to go on Remicade whilst in remission after surgery in the hopes of it maintaining a long remission!!!!
I don't think "money" gave him an advantage, but I do think that his public recognition and certainly his ambition and determination helped him convince his doctors to put him on "the big gun" after resection that most of us wouldn't have been able to do - or even want to do whilst in remission.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.