It was Friday afternoon around 3 o’clock when the phone in Don and Diana Cook’s living room rang. The person on the other end had only one thing to say—Don’s non–small-cell lung cancer, or NSCLC, had tested positive for the genetic ALK mutation (genetic abnormality). As Don hung up the phone, his family ran around the house in celebration.
A Welcomed Mutation? Don Cook Is Living One Day at a Time with ALK-Positive Lung Cancer
Don Cook felt he had a second chance at life when he learned that his lung cancer had a genetic alternation known as ALK mutation, for which targeted therapies are available today.
Last modified: June 22, 2020