Double Lung Transplant Saves a Terminally Ill Man from Cancer
In a ‘very uncommon’ procedure, doctors successfully performed a double lung transplant on a non-smoker with terminal lung cancer, giving hope to others with advanced stages of the deadly disease
On September 25, 2021, Albert Khoury, 54, underwent a seven-hour surgery at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago to receive his new lungs.
Houry was working as a cement finisher for the City of Chicago when he had pain and coughed up blood in early 2020.He thought he had Covid at first, but was later diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer, which had progressed swiftly despite chemotherapy, and he was informed he had no chance of surviving. Six months after surgery, his lungs are functioning normally, he has no symptoms of cancer in his body, and he is living a normal life. He can even go to the gym without needing breathing support.
They discovered stage 1 lung cancer, but due to the COVID-19 surge, I couldn’t begin treatment right away,’ he said in a statement.
His disease had grown to stage 2 by July 2020, and despite multiple rounds of chemotherapy, it continued to spread to stages 3 and 4. He was told he had no hope of surviving, but his sister told him about Northwestern’s groundbreaking lung transplants.Bharat led a team that performed the first double lung transplant on a lady in her twenties whose lungs had been devastated by Covid in the year 2020.
He was determined to be a transplant candidate because, although being in stage 4, his cancer had not progressed to other organs, and he received his replacement lungs after a two-week wait. Within a six-hour time window, the team had to extract “trillions” of cancer cells from his lungs, all while avoiding spilling material into his chest cavity or bloodstream.
‘It was a thrilling night,’ Bharat remarked.
It is also the second most prevalent type of cancer in the United States, trailing only breast cancer in terms of prevalence. Every year, almost 250,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease, which results in over 130,000 deaths.