January 31, 2011

John King | Lung Cancer Survivor

John King

“I came to UAMS for ear surgery, and an X-ray showed that I had a grapefruit-sized tumor in my lung. I was very sick and didn’t even know it.

We postponed my ear surgery and started an aggressive treatment for the cancer. 

I had the whole lung cancer team working for me. My surgeon was Dr. Matthew Steliga. He said that we needed to shrink the tumor significantly before it could be removed. 

My radiation oncologist, Dr. Vaneerat Ratanatharathorn, said that even though there were risks, I needed to have radiation and chemo at the same. She said that if I didn’t do the treatments simultaneously, I probably wouldn’t survive. I decided to go for it. 

The radiation and chemo shrank the tumor to about half its original size, and Dr. Steliga removed it. Luckily, the cancer hadn’t spread to my lymph nodes. 

I have to say that everybody I met at UAMS was absolutely first class, from the people who clean the hospital rooms to the doctors who treated my cancer. It was really the best I’ve ever seen.” 

Read more about John King’s story of hope here.

John King
Lung cancer survivor
Bald Knob, Ark.