Angie Downs doesn’t like asking people for money. But she doesn’t like having lung cancer either.
In 2012, Alan Herr, a cancer researcher, engaged in some macabre humor with his colleagues when he noticed his voice getting raspy and a gurgling sensation as he breathed. “That could be lung cancer,” he joked with his fellow scientists at the University of Washington, compressing air into his lungs then breathing out to show them the odd sound his breathing made.
For Dr. Renato Martins, the theme that Seattle Cancer Care Alliance chose for the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting -- "tomorrow's treatments today” -- is more than just a catchy slogan. It’s his life’s work, illustrated by a clinical trial that was instrumental in changing the way that lung cancer patients are treated.
When Michael Rankin’s shoulder started hurting him two years ago, he didn’t hesitate to get it checked out. First he was referred to physical therapy. Then when the pain didn’t decrease, he got an X-ray, which eventually led to an MRI and biopsy that revealed the ultramarathon runner had stage 4 lung cancer.
Gov. Jay Inslee made it tougher for teens and young adults to smoke on Friday, signing “Tobacco 21” legislation raising the age to legally buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 alongside leaders from Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.