Yet again I am swimming 6 miles in 2019. This year, I swim for Bruce Dunbar. I've known Bruce for more than 40 years. We've been teammates at every level of competitive swimming and close friends throughout.
In Bruce's own words:
I am survivng with lung cancer...
because of decades of research, the drug Alectinib, and a strong support network.
I completed a 15-mile swim race two months prior to my diagnosis with stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, ALK Positive with metastases in my spine and brain. A year later, Alectinib has reduced the tumors by 80-90% and many lesions in my brain have disappeared.
I am a never smoker and life-long high-level athlete. Like so many, I was diagnosed way too late and after several misdiagnoses (asthma, pneumonia). I am a firm believer that we need to do more to find ways to test for lung cancer that do not rely on symptoms being present and can be done in a cost-effective way like we do with prostate, colon and breast cancer.
I am fortunate that Alectinib, a targeted therapy, was made available in the US just a few months before my diagnosis. Thanks to so many who have funded research over the years that got us to this point.
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