ABOUT MOLLY'S JOURNEYNBC Bay Area follows Molly Golbon through her successes and struggles living with lung cancer. Similar to about 20 percent of lung cancer patients, Molly is not a smoker. She tested positive for a gene mutation called EGFR, which doctors say is a driving force behind her lung cancer. This gene mutation means Molly does not get treated with chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery, at least not yet. Instead, she takes one pill a day, called Tarceva. So far it's working.
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RESOURCESBonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
Through empowering and educating patients, funding cutting-edge research, building strategic collaborations and raising public awareness, their goal is to transform lung cancer into a chronically managed disease within 10 years and ultimately to find a cure.
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DECEMBER 2014 UPDATE
Watch the NBC Bay Area News documentary, "Molly's Journey," that aired on Nov. 29, 2014.
SEPTEMBER 2014 UPDATE
Molly's journey, as seen during the 2014 Stand Up To Cancer telecast.
JUNE 2014 UPDATE
“Here’s the thing, when a family member gets cancer, it’s not just the patient. We all have cancer." Molly's husband, Arash Golbon, shares his perspective of supporting his wife through her success and struggles.
MAY 2014 UPDATEWhen you live with stage IV lung cancer, testing days are big, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from Molly Golbon’s face. With a smile on her face, she walked into get her latest CT scan to see if her cancer had shrunk, grown, or remained the same. The test itself only took a couple of minutes, but then Molly and her husband Arash had to wait a couple of hours to get the results. On this day, the results were good. The scans showed the main mass in her lung is much smaller in size. >> READ MORE
APRIL 2014 ORIGINAL REPORTMolly Golbon doesn't take much for granted these days. The 39-year old married working mom of two knows life can take unexpected turns. For her, it came with a pain in her throat, tiredness, and a cough that wouldn't go away.
"I went in for an MRI, and that's when they found there was something on the MRI," Golbon recalled. That something turned out to be lung cancer. "I think when they told me it was lung cancer, I thought it can't be. It can't be. It's probably bronchitis or pneumonia, it's not that."
Unfortunately, it was. Until her diagnosis, Golbon, like many people, thought only smokers got lung cancer.
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