Patient Stories

Susan in garden

Susan's story

Susan Pinkowski presumed her wintertime cough would work itself out. Instead, it got worse. During the coronavirus lockdown, Susan was working at home when coughing prevented conversations. COVID-19 was ruled out. But a chest X-ray showed several tiny nodules on both lungs.


cancer patient looking over the porch

Vic's story

A low-dose lung CT found a spot on Vic Thompson’s lung. Diagnosed with Stage I lung cancer, the team at Henry Ford was able to remove the cancer with minimally invasive surgery. Vic is now cancer free!


Nancy's story

When Nancy’s mother passed away, she decided to be proactive about her health and scheduled a lung cancer screening. The screening lead to a stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis — which had metastasized to her brain. Henry Ford Cancer Institute offered her hope with immunotherapy treatment.


Shaun's story

Armed with a clinical trial and advanced surgery, Shaun Grenan fought the battle against a softball-sized lung cancer tumor.


Patricia's story: From stage 4 lung cancer to a 50th wedding anniversary

Patricia developed a wheeze and a rattle that was different than her past bouts with asthma and allergies. A biopsy would reveal adenocarcinoma. When surgery wasn’t an option, a clinical trial gave her hope that she will be able to celebrate more family milestones.


Frank's story: Immunotherapy clinical trial provides hope

At the time of his diagnosis, Antonucci was a 51-year-old father of two who had been a lifelong smoker. When the diagnosis came in, he immediately stopped smoking and began treatment. An Immunotherapy clinical trial may have saved his life when the cancer metastasized to his brain.


Bob's story

After a pancreatic problem was resolved, Bob Robinson had a PET scan taken every six months in Traverse City. That’s when he learned he had a spot on his lung. Bob has had undisrupted work and play following a VATS procedure to remove the lung cancer.


Tom's story: A non-smoker with no family history of lymphoma

Tom Sawdey had no symptoms or family history of cancer when he was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma at age 58. With a care plan personalized to Tom’s individual needs at Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Tom is now cancer free.


Kristina's story: My mother's story doesn't have to be my story

Kristina Krumm, who lost both parents to lung-related illnesses, was diagnosed with lung cancer. After surgery at Henry Ford Allegiance Health, she’s back to an active life.


Gail's story: Careful monitoring leads to early detection

While vacationing in Florida, Gail got sick with a cough that refused to get better. After 4 years of monitoring a spot on her lung, Henry Ford experts removed the cancer with thoracic surgery.


Gail's story: A positive attitude & caring staff kept her going

Months after a complicated thoracic surgery to a spot on her lung, Gail’s case was presented to the tumor board. It was determined that she had stage 3 lung cancer and cancer was still present on her lungs. Chemotherapy was her best bet for ridding the cancer from her body.


Marilyn's story: Get screened for lung cancer before symptoms appear

Marilyn Goodrich was diagnosed with early stage lung cancer and is on her way to recovery – all thanks to the Lung Cancer Screening that was able to detect her cancer long before any tell-tale symptoms appeared.


Donna's story: Lung cancer survivor & ambassador of hope

Donna Miller was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in the summer of 2013. By chance, she learned about a new, innovative treatment option at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute, the Edge.

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