How CancerCARE Made the Difference
In October 2019, Cassandra went to the hospital because she had trouble breathing and experienced pneumonia like symptoms. She had had pneumonia 6 times in her life and she thought that she was susceptible to the virus. Doctors did an X-ray on her lungs and found a stage 3 Neuroendocrine tumor in her left lung node. Things quickly got worse as her lung collapsed on the tumor and she was sent to the ER in critical condition.
Cassie flew out to the University of Iowa to be treated by a doctor and facility that specialized in her type of cancer. University of Iowa receive SPORE grants and funding to study this rare form of cancer. She had an unique type of surgery that was less intrusive and would have fewer lasting effect. After one month, she flew back to Oregon cancer free.