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Cancer Care Chronicles
December 2017

Patients With Lung Cancer Need Love Too

Author Affiliations
  • 1Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, University Park, Pennsylvania
  • 2Human Development and Family Studies, University Park, Pennsylvania
JAMA Oncol. 2017;3(12):1625. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.2331

I “had” lung cancer. Twice. After 2 difficult surgeries, multiple complications, and 4 months of chemotherapy, I was told that the disease would likely recur. That it is a chronic disease. That it could ultimately kill me…prematurely. I am not a smoker. I am in the growing ranks of women who are developing lung cancer not due to anything we intentionally did to ourselves, as perceived by others. Although I feel undeserving, ill prepared, and unaccepting, there are so many others like me who are asking the same question—why me? But that is beside the point.