During Cook’s first visit with his cancer care team, he met with cardiothoracic surgeon Laszlo Fuzesi, MD, with LVPG Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, radiation oncologist H. Jaideep Neboori, MD, with Allentown Radiation Oncology Associates, and hematologist/medical oncologist Dipen Patel, MD, with LVPG Hematology Oncology.
“If we can catch cancer before its leaves its primary origin, the chance to cure it is so much higher,” says Fuzesi.
Together, the multidisciplinary clinic team helped Cook and his wife better understand his diagnosis and potential treatments. Because his cancer was caught early, there were more options available and a better chance for a successful outcome.
“Cancer starts in a particular part of the body, but it tends to spread. If it spreads, even just a little bit, the prognosis can change dramatically,” Fuzesi says. “If we can catch cancer before its leaves its primary origin, the chance to cure it is so much higher.”
Cook’s care team determined that surgery would be the best course of action and could provide the best chance for cure. Fuzesi performed an operation to remove the tumor and its surrounding tissue in June 2021, which resulted in the removal of two lobes from Cook’s right lung.
After six days in the hospital, Cook returned home to start his recovery. His care team helped him manage his side effects (including nerve pain) and the adjustment to his new lung capacity.