A grandmother in Texas was diagnosed and cured of lung cancer on the same day.
April Boudreau, 61, awoke after a local anesthetic to find that a tumor in her lungs had been identified — and removed — all at once.
“You pinch yourself because you can’t believe it’s true,” she told the Daily Mail. “This was all so simple, with no radiation or chemo.”
Boudreau had undergone cancer treatments three times in her life, having survived Hodgkin lymphoma twice in 1984 and 1985 and breast cancer in 2002.
The grandmother underwent an annual CT scan in January when doctors discovered an alarming lump on her right lung.
She was called to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in the spring for a follow-up test. During the lung biopsy, doctors confirmed that the nodule was, in fact, early-stage lung cancer.
And so the doctors sprang into action and decided to immediately remove the cancer cells while Boudreau was under local anesthesia. The medical team used a new, minimally invasive technique for chest surgery that uses a robotic, ultra-thin catheter to target lesions in hard-to-reach areas of the lung.
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is one of the first hospitals in the state to adopt the new robot-assisted technology, which can identify lung cancer tumors at an earlier stage compared to traditional diagnostic tests.
The 61-year-old woke up to shockingly discover that her cancer had been diagnosed and cured while intoxicated.
She said the only symptom she had experienced was a little breathlessness, which she had initially attributed to aging.
During her surgery, doctors made just five small incisions in her side to remove the tumor so she could go home the next day.
“I took painkillers for three days and that’s all I needed. Within three days later I was just walking around normally. I couldn’t believe it,’ she said.
She must now increase the frequency of her CT scans to every six months, but is proud to announce that she is currently cancer-free.
One in 16 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, but last year those numbers hit an all-time low thanks to a decline in smoking rates.