NEW YORK — In the fall of 2018, Lisa Barbaro developed a deep cough. An x-ray showed no sign of anything serious. Still, her pulmonologist was concerned. Barbaro was a long-time smoker.
“Every doctor says you need to quit smoking, And I, I had smoked for 50 years, but I wasn’t quitting smoking,” Barbaro said.”
Barbaro agreed to undergo a screening CT scan to give a more detailed view of the lungs. By early 2019, she got the news no one wants to hear.
“She called me and she said, ‘You know, you’ve got two very small nodules on your lungs, one on each lung,'” Barbaro recalled.
She had early-stage lung cancer.
“They were tiny, like just the end of a ballpoint pen, think of it, and, but we saw them change in size, and therefore she was then recommended to have surgery,” said Dr. Claudia Henschke, the director of the early lung and cardiac program at Mount Sinai…