Even when it’s caught early, some people with lung cancer aren’t healthy or strong enough to undergo surgery to remove the tumor. This was the case for Robert Tumanic, a 69-year-old financial consultant living near Milwaukee, WI. Right after being diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer in 2015 (he had tumors in both of his lungs), doctors also discovered he also had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an illness that interferes with normal breathing.
Because he was too weak and frail for surgery, his treatment options were more limited; as many as a third of people with early non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) find themselves in this challenging position, too. Fortunately, there is another option.