Lung cancer patient stories

If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with lung cancer, it is likely you have been provided with basic information about the disease, possible treatment options and general statistics.

Quite often, newly diagnosed patients do not have the opportunity to connect with other lung cancer patients.   We hope that providing you with other patients’ personal stories on this website that you will draw hope, support and inspiration from their experiences.

We invite you to share your own personal story with others.  Your story, in turn, will  provide hope and inspiration to other patients. If you feel you would like to share a story, then please email


Victoria Taber

Victoria’s Story. My name is Victoria and I am a six year survivor of lung cancer. I am now 24 weeks pregnant with our second miracle baby who is due in May. Back in 2009, I was newlywed 29 year old teacher about to embark on one year teacher’s exchange program to Canada. I was…

January 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm by Laura Guthrie

Sandy Sampson

Sandy’s Story. My name is Sandy, I am 62 years old living in Perth, married with two children, and four grandchildren. I was diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2011, where I had carcinoid tumors in my chest and right lung. After having the annual flu jab at work, I had the flu and a…

February 2, 2016 at 2:46 pm by Laura Guthrie

Mike Hyde

Mike’s Story. It is now 13 years since I was diagnosed with lung cancer, but who’s counting! My diagnosis of lung cancer and treatment has changed my life as it would change anybody’s. I now have a sense of my mortality and I certainly do look around and appreciate things that I took for granted…

January 25, 2016 at 2:44 pm by Laura Guthrie

Liz’s story

34 days from diagnosis to the “all clear” I’m a 56 year old professional woman and a former smoker in good health.  I was incidentally diagnosed with lung cancer (non-small cell adenocarcinoma) early this year. By sheer luck, the ‘mass’ in my lung was discovered when I had surgery for an unrelated issue (a total…

May 13, 2015 at 3:52 pm by Laura Guthrie

Lisa Briggs

Lisa’s Story. My name is Lisa Briggs and I’m 34 years old, wife to my amazing husband Kirk, and mother of two beautiful children, four year old Jasmine and 18 month old Alastair. On the 28th November 2014, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer. Having always led an active lifestyle, never smoked a…

January 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm by Laura Guthrie

Lillian Leigh

Lillian’s Story. My name is Lillian, I am 36 years old, married to my husband Peter and we are lucky to have a beautiful three year old daughter. I am a social justice lawyer and was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2014 just two days after my 34th birthday. I woke up one morning with…

February 3, 2016 at 4:35 pm by Laura Guthrie

Helen Irving

Helen’s Story. I was about to leave home to take my granddaughter to playgroup when the telephone rang. It was my GP. “It’s not emphysema, its cancer,” she said. I was stunned. How could I have lung cancer when I’d never smoked even one cigarette? My enjoyable retirement life had suddenly crashed. I was diagnosed…

January 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm by Laura Guthrie

David McDonald

David’s Story. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in December 2011 at the age of 49. This came as a total shock because I’d never been a smoker and I didn’t think I had any serious health problems. In fact, our family had a whole future planned. We were in the process of…

January 28, 2016 at 2:46 pm by Laura Guthrie

Bruno’s story

Focussing on the present – one year after diagnosis My name is Bruno Galgano. I am 45 years old and a divorced but devoted father of 3 wonderful children under 10 years of age – Adam (10), Olivia (9) and Luke (7). On the afternoon of Tuesday 14th June 2015, I was medically diagnosed with…

June 6, 2016 at 4:32 pm by Laura Guthrie

Brett’s Story

“The only symptom I had was a chest infection, or so I thought. My GP had given me some antibiotics and said if my chest didn’t clear in two weeks he would send me for a scan. After no improvement, off I went to have the scan.” Brett had the scan two days before Christmas…

May 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm by Laura Guthrie

Barbara’s survival story – 8 years on

My journey with cancer started in November 2008.  While visiting my daughter in Perth, I started coughing. Whenever I talked I coughed. I got back to Canberra and thought this is ridiculous, so I went to the doctor and he sent me for an X-ray. Looking back I can recognise the signs that had already…

May 16, 2016 at 10:16 am by Laura Guthrie

Archie’s story

May 14, 2015 at 3:31 pm by Laura Guthrie

Anita McGrath

Anita’s Story. My name is Anita and I’m a 46 year working mother of two energetic young boys. I enjoy daily walks, a healthy diet and regular family camping holidays. Just over two years ago, I was diagnosed with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), Adenocarcinoma, stage 3a. For more than two and a half years…

January 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm by Laura Guthrie

Alexandra Colwell

My name is Alexandra and three years ago my life was turned upside down. I was 31, the mother of a two-year-old, a clean eating runner who had never touched a cigarette – and I had lung cancer. My diagnosis came after I found a small hard lymph node in my neck, above my collarbone.…

January 30, 2016 at 3:18 pm by Laura Guthrie