Ina was diagnosed with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer, an aggressive form of lung cancer, in August 2006 after a routine PET scan showed signs of growth in her lungs. “Ten years earlier, I had been treated for stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma which recurred within 6 months and necessitated a stem-cell rescue, which did succeed. I had been in remission for nearly 10 years and never imagined that another form of cancer would develop,” said Ina.
A high school French teacher, Ina was preparing to return to school in September. She was referred by her oncologist to Dr. Yolonda Colson, director of the Women’s Lung Cancer Program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, for a lung biopsy and evaluation. “Dr. Colson really took the time to explain what would be happening and that helped put me at ease. She tried to stay optimistic that it was lymphoma again–but was honest about the likelihood of lung cancer as suspected by my oncologist.”