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For most people, being diagnosed with cancer comes as a shock. I was in the process of preparing for lumbar spine surgery, when the routine pre-surgery thoracic MRI on October 28, 2019 discovered a mass on my left lung. When it was confirmed to be lung cancer, the surgery was cancelled, and I was suddenly thrown into the world of biopsies and tests to determine the extent of the cancer. I was totally surprised because I always thought of lung cancer as happening to people who smoked; I never smoked or lived in a household where people smoked. But I've since learned that 40% of lung cancers occur in people who have not smoked. I have no lung-related symptoms (just the sciatica pain, which I am still hoping to get relief from).
I chose to seek treatment at City of Hope near Pasadena, CA because of its reputation treating and researching cancer, specifically lung cancer, and I have been working with them since my first biopsy result. As soon as testing is done, I will know how we are going to proceed with treatment and what it will be like. So far I am very impressed and encouraged by the patient-centered feeling at COH; everyone is kind, helpful, and knowledgeable, and makes us feel welcomed and confident that we are being well cared-for.