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Patient Story Missy Spease

As someone who has spent her career in healthcare helping others, Missy Spease never expected to become a patient. She credits her co-workers with insisting she have her persistent cough evaluated. It turned out to be lung cancer.

Early detection is essential to ensure the best opportunity for a successful outcome.  Missy underwent a CT lung screening followed by surgery to remove a portion of her lung. A biopsy showed it had not spread to her lymph nodes so she didn’t require chemotherapy.

“I had been a smoker for 30 years and after hearing that I had cancer, I quit immediately. I’m now cancer free and training for a marathon later this year.”


The thoracic oncology program at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Health, offer patients access to a team of physicians who evaluate each patient to determine the best treatment option.  

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Last Updated: 05-12-2016
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