Northside Hospital - Five-time Cancer Survivor Says Early-Detection Screenings Saved His Life


Five-time Cancer Survivor Says Early-Detection Screenings Saved His Life

Posted on: June 09, 2016

 

Local Sandy Springs resident, Michael Levin, is a Lung Cancer Alliance activist, a two-time lung cancer and three-time brain cancer survivor. In 2007, after a series of doctor visits and CT scans resulting from excruciating leg pains, Michael received the unexpected news of the cancer located in his upper right lung. He spent the next eight years battling multiple cancers and undergoing Gamma Knife treatment, with a heart attack in between.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among American men and women, predicted to have claimed over 100,000 lives in 2015. Early detection is the best tool in combatting this deadly disease. Michael says the only reason he’s alive today is because he kept up with screenings throughout his entire journey, allowing doctors to catch his tumors before they progressed to untreatable stages.

 

*The health story shared here may portray atypical results of survival for this type of cancer, given its severity and stage. Atypical results are considered surviving a cancer that has less than a 50 percent five-year survival rate. Patients should consult an expert to discuss specific treatment plans and the possible outcomes before making medical decisions.

Filed under: Cancer, Patient Stories,

 

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