Nancy Carriker isn't just a grateful patient. She has been an inspiration to others, according to her physician and deputy director of Winship Cancer Institute, Suresh Ramalingam, MD. "Her story provides hope for people with lung cancer."
In 2007, Carriker was diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer after a tumor was discovered during a routine eye exam. She had already survived one battle with lung cancer five years earlier, and Carriker was worried about her prognosis. "I had mixed feelings," she says. "I was scared and concerned." She credits Ramalingam and her lung cancer team with finding the best treatment for her, easing her fears, and giving her hope. "I always had extreme confidence in the doctors, nurses, and entire medical staff at Winship."
"My experience at Winship was literally life-changing and life-saving." Carriker says, "To the entire Winship team I say thank you for your compassion, kindness, and medical expertise that brought me to where I am today."
"Nancy is a strong supporter of Winship and its lung cancer research." Ramalingam says, "This support is critical for us to be able to conduct research, develop new treatment options, and answer critical questions about lung cancer."