When I was young and more stupid than I am now I used to smoke. Early 2000 my heart started to go into turbodrive. It was clocking 248 beats when I was taken into Hospital for a cardioverson, ( that is to stop and restart the heart ). At the subsequent x-ray a sharp eyed young Doctor looked at the Xray, then came and asked if I coughed up blood. As I got bronchitus or a bad chest infection frequently I said yes. She then sent me for another xray. The radiographer refused, because I had one the day before. February 2000 I was asked to go for another xray, this time by the Specialist Lung Function Doctor, then I was called in for a Bronchoscopy, result a cancer high in the left lung. The lung was removed in March 2000.
November 2005 I got chest infections that did not clear up. I asked for an xray, this was seen by the Chest Consultant who called me in for a Bronchoscopy, result cancer in the remaining lung. The literature the Cancer Nurse gave me was good and bad news. The good news was I had time to make out my will and book a holiday, the bad news was I had about a year. A series of chances took me to The National Medical Laser Center at UCLH LOndon. In July 2007 the cancer was lasered out of my lung using Photo dynamic therapy. My last bronchoscopy , October 2007 showed I was still clear.