NYU Lung Cancer Biomarker Center Clinical Trial

I’m participating in a clinical trial at NYU. Their purpose is to identify biomarkers for the early detection of lung cancer. My purpose: the low dose ct scan you get on the 1st visit. Low dose ct scans are recommended for people with a long history of smoking, except they now say if you quit 15 years ago or more you don’t need to get it. I was this close to withdrawing from the study because I quit 25 years ago. But I talked to my doctor, and I was a heavy, heavy, heavy smoker. I’ve decided the radiation exposure is worth the risk. My appointment is this afternoon!

The picture below is of the ceiling inside Grand Central Station. I recently read Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale and the main character has a hide out there. Every time I pass through Grand Central Station I look up and search for a possible opening. Much of the history in Winter’s Tale is based in fact and so I’m sure there’s an entrance to that ceiling. (It must be from the catwalk, of course, but I suspect there is an opening in the ceiling.)

Grand Central Station Ceiling, New York City

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “NYU Lung Cancer Biomarker Center Clinical Trial

  1. Good luck with the trial. I hope you come through clean and clear! I wouldn’t worry about the radiation either. I have an old friend who is a rocket scientist and he says, don’t worry about the radiation.

  2. Oh, that makes me feel better. I think I’m in the clear. They said if they found anything I’d hear from them right away, like in a day or two. But if they found nothing I’d get a report in two weeks.

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