Here is Vic’s story:
Something prompted me (maybe 60 years of on and off smoking) to set an appointment for the lung screening in March - then Covid-19 hit and elective procedures were postponed. We reinvestigated in July and I attended your presentation and had the CT scan right away. Results from that screening led me to a PET scan and then we immediately had an appointment with the pulmonology team.
The results suggested a small nodule which was to be removed via a wedge section. Dr. Popoff was recommended for surgery, which was scheduled right away at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The doctor proceeded with removing the lower left lobe. I was discharged days later with honestly no pain at all. I am currently using the breathing machine and walking daily to build up my lung capacity as I am sometimes a little winded.
This was quite the frenetic journey, but I am pleased that I went through with your lung screening program as I believe that’s why the nodule was found early! Dr. Popoff informed me that it was non-small cell lung cancer stage one. The nodule was removed completely with no need for chemotherapy or radiation.
I want to encourage anyone who meets the criteria to consider scheduling a lung cancer screening. Don’t wait! Do not be afraid of catching the coronavirus. I felt safe and the hospital was clean with protocols in place.
Vic is back to living his life, enjoying lake-life and cooking in the kitchen. In other good news: Vic quit smoking for good!
Twice a year, he will go in for a CT scan to monitor the lungs and check for recurrence. Currently, Vic is cancer free.