The Revolutionary Test for Lung Cancer

... the medical establishment doesn’t want you to have. Yet.

In the wake of her experience, she has become a fierce, if cheery, advocate for mass screening. When she realized most people didn't know spiral CT scans even exist, Kaplan wrote an article for NurseWeek, a Sunnyvale-based trade magazine for nurses, urging wider implementation -- and acceptance -- of the tests.

"I was very lucky, and I'd like to spread that luck around," Kaplan says. "I believe very, very firmly in people doing screening. There are so many people dying of lung cancer, and if people are screened the number who are cured would go up. You have to find ways to pay for it, but the [cost] is going down, and the CT scans are getting better."

The surgery is difficult, Kaplan admits, but because she lived through it twice -- a month apart -- she doesn't put much stock in the gloom-and-doom arguments advanced by those opposed to early detection. Asked whether she was scared by the threat of possible complications -- internal bleeding or a collapsed lung -- she just scoffs.

Scott Musgrove
Dr. Fred Grannis, a Southern California thoracic 
surgeon, believes mass screening for lung cancer can 
save thousands of smokers' lives.
Steven Dewall
Dr. Fred Grannis, a Southern California thoracic surgeon, believes mass screening for lung cancer can save thousands of smokers' lives.

"I was much more concerned about what would happen if the cancer spread. That's the scary thing. There's always a danger when you do major surgery, but look at the alternative," Kaplan says, pausing for effect.

"There is no alternative, is there?"

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
0 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
 
©2014 SF Weekly, LP, All rights reserved.
Loading...