Like Marsha Harris
Marsha Harris is a retired teacher and fitness enthusiast. At age 73, Marsha can often be found on the golf course or taking a fitness class. But earlier this year, X-rays and tests showed that she had developed cancer in her lungs.
Marsha was referred to David Carbone, MD, a cancer oncologist and researcher here and one of the world’s leading experts on treating lung cancer. His research was among the first in the world to identify specific gene mutations inside cancer cells that allow doctors to target lifesaving medicine to those cells. Marsha had the very mutation he’d discovered years ago.
Thanks to Dr. Carbone and his discovery, Marsha manages her cancer diagnosis by taking a pill every day. As she says, “A lot of times, I forget I have lung cancer.”