I was diagnosed and ‘cured’ of lung cancer on the same day

A grandmother in Texas was diagnosed and cured of lung cancer on the same day.

April Boudreau, 61, woke up from a local anesthetic to find that a tumor in her lungs had been identified – and removed – in one session.

“You pinch yourself because you can’t believe it’s true,” she told the Daily Mail. “This was all so simple, no radiation or chemotherapy.”

Boudreau had been through cancer treatments three times in her life, surviving Hodgkin’s lymphoma twice in 1984 and 1985 and breast cancer in 2002.

The grandmother was undergoing an annual CT scan in January when doctors detected an alarming nodule in her right lung.

She was called to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital for a follow-up test in the spring. During the lung biopsy, the doctors confirmed that the lump was indeed early-stage lung cancer.

And so the doctors sprang into action and decided to remove the cancer cells immediately while Boudreau was under local anesthesia. The medical team employed a new, minimally invasive thoracic surgery technique that uses an ultra-thin robot-guided catheter to target lesions in hard-to-reach areas of the lung.

Boudreau was undergoing a biopsy when doctors detected cancer in his lungs and immediately removed it.
credit: Texas Health Harris Meth

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is one of the first hospitals in the state to adopt new robot-assisted technology, which can identify lung cancer tumors at an earlier stage compared to traditional diagnostic tests.

The 61-year-old woman woke up to shockingly discover that she had been diagnosed and cured of her cancer while high on drugs.

She said the only symptom she experienced was feeling a little short of breath, which she initially attributed to aging.

During her operation, doctors made just five small incisions in her side to remove the tumor, allowing her to go home the next day.

“I took painkillers for three days and that was all I needed. Three days later, I was normal, walking around. I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

She now needs to increase the frequency of her CT scans to every six months, but is proud to announce that she is currently cancer free.

One in 16 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime – which means that about 236,740 people will be diagnosed with the disease in the US this year, according to research by the Lung Cancer Research Foundation.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, but last year those numbers hit an all-time low thanks to a decline in smoking rates.

I was diagnosed and ‘cured’ of lung cancer on the same day

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