Patient Stories 2015-10-09 Karen's Small-Cell Lung Cancer Fight Main Article Content Breadcrumb navigation All/Patient Stories/Karen Flanagan Clinical Trial Triumph Breakthrough Sometimes our trials are also life’s triumphs. Clinical trials and compassionate care mark the way to breakthroughs. A diagnosis of stage IV small-cell lung cancer could have taken Karen Flanagan from her grandchildren and the active life she loves. She credits her survival to a clinical trial at Northwestern Medicine. And to doctors who, she says “...just kept digging. " Karen will keep returning for tests, we'll keep searching for answers, and she'll continue living life to its fullest. Interested in hearing more from Northwestern Medicine? Sign up for the Healthy Tips E‑Newsletter for everything from health and wellness ideas to patient breakthroughs to academic and medical advancements. 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