John Matousek's Story

John Matousek“Lucky.” That is how John Matousek feels after being successfully treated for lung cancer.

His only symptom was that his chest didn’t feel right. John decided to see his family doctor, who ordered a chest X-ray.

Nothing in the X-ray appeared abnormal, but the next morning an ominous sign indicated that something was wrong.

“I coughed up quite a bit of blood,” said John.

After undergoing a CT scan, his family doctor was concerned with the result and suggested that John see James J. Fenton, MD, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at National Jewish Health. Dr. Fenton sees patients at the institution’s South Denver location on the Swedish Hospital Medical Campus.

A PET scan and bronchoscopy led to a definitive diagnosis. John had early-stage lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer among both men and women. The majority of lung cancer patients do not have symptoms until the disease has progressed, meaning that lung cancer cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage with a much lower chance of a cure.

As the leading respiratory hospital in the nation for 115 years and with expertise in all facets of pulmonary medicine, National Jewish Health is uniquely positioned to provide exceptional lung cancer care.

Dr. Fenton recommended that John have surgery to have the cancerous lobe in his lung removed. Two years later, John remains cancer free.

At the age of 89, John stays active, walking up to a mile and a half each day and doing floor and weight exercises.

“I was lucky that I coughed up blood,” he said. “They wouldn’t have caught it so early otherwise.”