My Knight Cancer Story
Mary Milligan, Portland, Oregon
I moved to Portland in February 2008. Six weeks later, I found out I had non-small cell lung cancer.
When I met with a medical oncologist at OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, he had to break the bad news to me that my cancer had progressed. We discussed my options, including clinical trials. My husband and I looked for trials everywhere and eventually found one for the drug Tarceva for patients with the same genetic mutations as mine. Even though it was a long shot, I fit the genetic profile. Dr. Sandler was excited – I pictured him jumping up and down. I started a couple of days later and that is where I am now.
Even though you’re there for cancer treatment, they make it as good as it can be.