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Arthur Smith

Lung Cancer Canada

HQ Phone: (416) 785-3439

Lung Cancer Canada

10 St. Mary Street Suite 315

Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1P9


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Lung Cancer Canada is a national charitable organization that serves as Canada's leading resource for lung cancer education, patient support, research, and advocacy. Based in Toronto, Lung Cancer Canada has a wide reach that includes both regional and pan... more

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Arthur Smith
CT Scan detects Lung Cancer Early Arthur Smith had no symptoms of lung cancer, or any particular health concerns. His day-to-day life was focused on his family, work, and enjoying the beautiful environs of his native Nova Scotia.
Having overcome early stage bladder cancer 11 years before, Arthur was mindful of the benefits of cancer screening. So, when his wife half-teasingly showed him an ad in his local newspaper for an early lung cancer screening study, he thought "Why not? Motivated to contribute data for the benefit of others, he never imagined that this would be a life-changing decision.
In September of 2008, at the age of 65, Arthur applied for the early lung cancer screening study. Despite the absence of any symptoms, he was accepted into the study based on prolonged exposure to asbestos through his plumbing profession, and a history of smoking. He had a CT scan (an imaging technique that shows the insides of the lungs) two months later, in November.
To Arthur's surprise, the CT scan showed a spot on his right lung. He was contacted for follow-up, and came under the care of Dr. Michael Johnston, a Thoracic Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Halifax. A second follow-up CT scan in February of 2009 showed that the tumour had grown from 3 to 15 millimetres. Despite the rapid growth, the tumour was localized and he was an ideal candidate for surgery. Arthur underwent surgery in March of 2009, and the tumour was successfully removed.
Almost a year later, Arthur is still on the path of recovery from the surgery. Although feeling well, his energy is not what it used to be, and he is still regaining his capacity to work.
Despite these challenges, Arthur's outlook is wonderfully optimistic. Having survived two early stage cancers, Arthur feels that "someone is looking out for me". He credits Shirley, his wife of 43 years, and his family for "85% of his healing".
Arthur worries more about other members of his community than he does himself. He is using his experience, and sense of tremendous good fortune, to advance awareness of cancer, and cancer screening, in his community. His story was featured in his local newspaper, and on his local TV news, which resulted in a surge of new participants in the same early lung cancer screening study. He willingly allows his case to be reviewed by medical students, and offers support and encouragement to others who are dealing with cancer, be they neighbours or other patients whom he meets at the hospital.
In spite of two cancer diagnoses, and a myriad of tests and follow-ups over the years, Arthur has only the highest regard for those in the health care system.
For now, Arthur is doing his part by contributing his data to the early screening study, sharing his story, and helping others he meets along the way.

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