Health: Surviving Cancer

New targeted therapies are turning malignancies into chronic--but manageable--conditions

Two years ago, Louise Jacobs was idly playing with a necklace when she felt a couple of tiny lumps around her collarbone. She thought they were calcium deposits. She was wrong. Jacobs had advanced lung cancer that had already spread to her lymph nodes. Because the tumors had infiltrated healthy tissue, surgery was not an option. "It was devastating," says the teacher, 56, from Atlanta. "I never smoked, my husband never smoked, and nobody in my immediate family had ever had cancer."

Jacobs immediately started the only treatment doctors had to offer--attacking the tumors with intensive chemotherapy and radiation to try...

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