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Lung Cancer Patient Stories

Our expert physicians, nurses and laboratory scientists are working around the clock to find new treatments to conquer lung cancer at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The following lung cancer patient experiences represent a snapshot of the remarkable challanges and triumphs these individuals and their families faced as well as the comprehensive care provided at Johns Hopkins.

Battling Lung Cancer with Immunotherapy

Watch John Ryan and Julie Brahmer, M.D., discuss the hope of immunotherapy for people with squamous-non-small cell lung cancer.

Patient Stories: John Ryan

John Ryan is among the patients who have benefited from immunotherapy, which are treatments newly approved by the FDA that aim to use the body's immune system to fight cancer.  Read more.

Patient Stories: David Gobin

David Gobin worked for 28 years as a Baltimore police officer. He said the toughest part of the job was the unknown – wondering at all times what to expect next. When he retired from the police force, he looked forward to relaxing, maybe learning to play golf. Read more.

Patient Stories: Claire Miller

Minimally invasive technique gives new hope to patients with this difficult diagnosis

Claire Miller felt perfectly fine and took pride in living a healthy life. She enjoyed exercising and had never touched a cigarette. Miller was looking forward to traveling abroad with friends over the summer. Read more.

Patient Stories: Anne Biggins

Finding Optimism and Making the Most of Each Day

Anne Biggins was enjoying retirement in Solomons Island, Maryland, alongside Jim, her husband of 45 years. Together they loved to travel and spend time with their three grown sons and five grandchildren. In August 2012, a persistent cough led Biggins to her primary care physician. Read more.

Patient Stories: Amanda Nerstad and Chel Gorombol

The Face of Lung Cancer

I was an active, healthy mom to our young daughters, and a wife. Research is the only reason I am still alive, enjoying life to its fullest, and still able to make memories with my family.
Dr. Lam's research and clinical trials have already made significant advances in the lung cancer community and he is committed to finding a potential CURE! Please join us in our efforts to help lung cancer patients, like myself, directly fund research that will one day, save our lives! Read more.