A severe bike crash may have saved a man’s life. Ken Felix, 68, suffered a severe bike crash in May 2015 that led doctors to eventually detect then treat his lung cancer. He had not yet presented any symptoms for the disease.
The bike accident left the retiree with 12 fractures in eight ribs, a fractured shoulder blade, a concussion, and a flail chest, wherein a portion of the ribcage detaches from the chest wall, usually due to severe blunt force trauma.
A lesion on Felix’s left lung was discovered during a post-accident scan. This eventually led doctors to diagnose him with stage 3 non-small cell lung cancer. He was treated with radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery.
The regimen eradicated nearly all the cancer, so Felix underwent two additional weeks of radiation therapy. He also did not suffer common chemotherapy side effects such as nausea and vomiting.
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