Thank you very much for including Mr. Richard Heimler’s very rewarding story in The ASCO Post (“Beating the Odds,” December 1, 2014, page 118). It was a short, well-written example of excellent oncology management in the face of episodes of “terminal” lung cancer. His story was the perfect narrative of how we need to be watchful and attentive to the new agents that come our way, and it was also a great reminder to always push appropriately for our patients against a sometimes less-educated groundswell of “treating too much.” ■
—Martha A. Tracy, MD
I know it sounds odd, but the past 10 years spent living with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have been very productive, wonderful years. It is not the life I had before my diagnosis, but it is the life I remember most clearly, and knowing how deadly this cancer is, I’m grateful for every day of ...