K&C - Nancy Hale, 67, non-small cell lung cancer, Essex Junction, VT 8-21-18

Nancy first began to feel chest pain when skiing in Colorado. When she returned to Florida three weeks later, she became short of breath. Nancy went to an urgent care center, where doctors thought that her pain was related to a heart issue. After testing, the doctor diagnosed her with stress. Nancy, knowing better, insisted on further tests and was sent in for a chest x-ray. The x-ray showed an 8 cm tumor in her lung. After rounds of chemotherapy and radiation failed, Nancy opted to participate in a clinical trial at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute under the care of Dr.  Geoffrey Oxnard of the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology. She received biweekly infusions of Keytruda, an immunotherapy drug that uses the immune system to attack cancer. Nancy is not currently on any treatment but continues to go in for yearly checkups with her oncologist. She chose Dana-Farber for treatment after a recommendation from her oncologist at a hospital in Vermont. She is supported by her husband, Dave, two sons, Brent and Travis, granddaughter, Kaylee, and two step grandsons, Steven and Bryan. Nancy loves spending time with her family, skiing, biking, snowshoeing, and traveling. Nancy is also an American Lung Association Executive Board Member in Vermont, a hospice volunteer, and a member of Kindred Connection, a Vermont-based organization affiliated with the Vermont Cancer Support Network. She has also started a lung cancer support group to speak with patients and talk them through their journey.

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