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Patient Stories

Patient Stories features inspiring, true stories of patients like you sharing their experiences about the impact molecular profiling has had on the course of their care.

Kathryn Profile

Kathryn

Biomarker: KRAS-positive

Kathryn Joosten was a successful actress who was diagnosed with NSCLC 10 years ago. She’d been an advocate for her own health, as well as for others with cancer, ever since. A recent molecular profile revealed that her tumor was positive for the KRAS biomarker. This helped her doctors find a clinical trial for her type of lung cancer.

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Meryl Profile

Laura

Biomarker: EGFR-positive

Laura McCracken is a graphic designer and artist who was diagnosed with Stage IIIB/IV adenocarcinoma in her left lung in December of 2007. After having her biopsy tissue sent for molecular testing, she learned she was EGFR-positive and is on a biomarker-directed therapy for that mutation.

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Tom Profile

Tom

Biomarker: ALK-positive

Tom Gray was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005 while he was training for his 50th marathon. A CAT scan for another ailment revealed a spot on his lung. Five years after surgery, radiation, and chemo, the cancer returned. When Tom’s tumor was tested for biomarkers, he learned he was ALK-positive.

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Bonnie Profile

Bonnie

Biomarker: Unknown

Bonnie Addario was a businesswoman and president of a local petroleum distributor when she learned about her lung cancer 6 years ago. And although she was diagnosed in the pre-molecular testing era, Bonnie is in the process of getting her molecular profile. She encourages others to do the same.

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Meryl Profile

Meryl

Biomarker: ALK-positive

Prior to being diagnosed with NSCLC, Meryl Bralower was a therapist, management consultant, mother, and wife with an active, successful career who led a healthy lifestyle. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy, and today she’s cancer free. But understanding that her cancer could come back, she followed her oncologist’s recommendation and got her tumor tested.

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Jane Profile

Jane

Biomarker: EGFR-positive

Jane Coyne is an active wife, mother, and grandmother whose passion is world travel. After several misdiagnoses for her chest pain and cough, a CT scan showed a mass in her left lung, and she learned she had advanced NSCLC. Following an initial course of chemo, molecular testing revealed her tumor was EGFR-positive. She is being treated with a medicine directed at that mutation.

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Zheng Profile

Zheng

Biomarker: EGFR-positive

When she was diagnosed with NSCLC 2 years ago, Zheng Cao was a performer with the San Francisco Opera. After developing resistance to her treatments, her oncologist decided she should get tested for her molecular profile. She tested positive for the EGFR biomarker and started a new treatment plan.

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Randy Profile

Randy

Biomarker: Unknown

Randy Broad is an entrepreneur, author, husband, and father. Four years ago, he learned he had Stage III NSCLC. As a non-smoker with no family history of the disease, this came as quite a shock. Following surgery and rounds of chemo and radiation, Randy’s lungs are clear. But he says that if the cancer ever returns, it will be a priority to get his tumor tested.

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