Lorraine Lynch's Story - Changing What's Possible In Lung Cancer
I was frightened to death. As a nurse, I knew a diagnosis of lung cancer may be a terminal diagnosis. Lung cancer is one of the more aggressive cancers. One of the faster growing malignancies. When I was offered the option of sterotactic radiation, I thought it was marvelous. This is a type of treatment where a very high dose of radiation is given to the mass, sparing most of the normal lung around it. At that time, that was her only site of disease and it is essentially if a person had presented with stage 3. The best treatment is a combination of chemo and radiation- what we call concurrent therapy. It just seemed that Hollings has the reputation and they are NCI designated, which is a very positive thing. So it wasn't a difficult decision and meeting the staff there, it was a pretty easy decision and I am thrilled with the decision that I made. The degree of familiarity you get when you exclusively treat one disease. Instead of being with a colon cancer patient or lymphoma, everyday I work with a team of doctors that are all exclusively doing one disease. I felt very confident that we had done everything that we needed to do. And what would be- would be, and so the good news was wonderful. I went to Dr. Sherman’s office and she was ecstatic. I could tell it was a good PET scan. Thus far she has not had any recurrences, but we are watching her closely. At the beginning of this whole process, I didn't think a cure was possible. I had all the bad visions of surgery and ventilators, when I was offered the stereotactic it was a miracle. A few years ago, there were no other options. Certainly MUSC had changed what's possible by offering these other treatments and I'm thrilled that I was able to have them.