Desperate Housewives’ Kathryn Joosten has Lung Cancer Again

Ms. Joosten, a former smoker who beat lung cancer eight years ago, was shocked to find out that she had it again after a routine check-up last week. She is 69 years old.

The founder of the Rite Aid drug store chain, Alex Grass, recently died from lung cancer at the age of 82. You can find the warning signs and symptoms in his story and also in the casebook below.

We don’t know which type of lung cancer Ms. Joosten has and there are two main categories:

  • Small cell carcinoma – about 13% of lung cancers are of this type which tends to spread quickly
  • Non-small cell carcinoma – about 87% of lung cancers are of this type which spreads more slowly

You can find more information about these in the casebook below.
There are hundreds of clinical research trials testing new ways to treat recurrent lung cancer.

Lung Cancer
Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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