Over the past five years, the lung cancer survival rate has increased by 14 percent. A large part of that change is driven by advances in immunotherapy—typically implemented alongside treatments like chemotherapy to give patients the best chance at positive outcomes.
Hundreds of patients have received lung transplants due to COVID-19 in the US. Dr. Selim Arcasoy discusses Covid-19 lung damage, and what this means for patients, surgeons, and the future of transplant surgery.
If you asked, he would tell you it was the luck of the Irish. On March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day), Gary Quinlan, 61, of Pound Ridge, NY, successfully underwent the first lung transplant and triple coronary bypass at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia after several weeks battling COVID-19 infection.