Stan Elam

Meet Mr. Stanley Elam. In May of 2012 Mr. Elam began to notice that he was getting short of breath while doing relatively simple tasks. Knowing that this was odd for him, he went to see his primary care physician in Memphis, TN. There he went through a series of tests that showed he had fluid in the lining of the lung, or a pleural effusion. When the fluid was drained and tested, Mr. Elam was diagnosed with a rare and serious cancer known as mesothelioma and was given months to live. Mesothelioma occurs when someone has come in contact with asbestos, which Mr. Elam had worked around years before. After exploring their options and speaking with their doctor, Mr. Elam and his family decided to seek help from Dr. David Sugarbaker in Boston, a pioneer in the treatment of asbestos related diseases, including mesothelioma. After a consultation with Dr. Sugarbaker, Mr. Stanley Elam a radical surgery known as an extra pleural pneumonectomy, where the entire lung, along with the lining of the heart and the diaphragm is removed. In addition to removing the lining Mr. Elam was also given chemotherapy at the time of his surgery. He also underwent chemotherapy after his surgery. Years later, Mr. Elam has recovered wonderfully. He still experiences some minor symptoms from the surgery, but otherwise leads a very full life. He and his daughters still travel to see Dr. Sugarbaker, now at the new Mesothelioma Treatment Center at Baylor CHI St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, TX.

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