Janet Thompson - Lung Cancer Patient

November 29, 2018

In March 2015, Janet Thompson was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in both lungs and the sack around her heart. And then she found out even worse news. 

“The cancer was in the fluid,” said Janet. “It wasn’t something that could be cut out or treated with radiation. I had a very rare form of lung cancer that less than 1% of lung cancer patients get. A non-small cell lung cancer.”

By the end of April, the cancer had spread, covering her entire lungs. Her oncologist gave her two options: regular chemo — which might give her a life expectancy of 3-6 months – or contact Jeffrey Petty, MD at Wake Forest Baptist Health. 

Dr. Petty thought there was a trial that could help. In July 2015, Janet started the trial medication at Wake Forest Baptist Health. By August 2016, CT scans showed her lungs were clear of cancer. And her lungs have remained clear since then.

Patient Story Janet Thompson

Patient, Janet Thompson, talks about her journey with lung cancer and the care she received at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.