My name is Peter Quinn.

I'm 42 years old.

I was diagnosed with lung cancer in May, 2006.

My symptoms were quite unusual for lung cancer.

It started off with... I had problems with my knees.

I had a swelling on the knee.

I went to the GP who had them x-rayed.

There was nothing structurally wrong,

so he gave me some anti-inflammatory drug

to see if that would work.

But it didn't seem to improve the situation.

I have two small children so I'm up and down on my knees quite a bit,

and it was becoming quite painful.

I had got the referral to the rheumatologist.

Then, basically, I went to see the consultant.

She gave me a complete examination.

Checked, obviously, my knees, and looked at my fingers.

She noticed that on my hands,

I had what was called digital clubbing, so the ends of your fingers are swollen.

Then she said, "Just as a precaution, we'll do a chest x-ray,

because that can be a sign of chest problems."

"Could be bronchitis. Could be anything."

So off I went to get a chest x-ray.

I came back 15, 20 minutes later and she showed me the x-ray,

and it had a huge shadow on my right lung.

I was then referred to a chest physician who did some further tests.

That confirmed I had a syndrome called HPOA,

which is hyper pulmonary osteoarthritis,

where the lining of the bones becomes thick,

and this is associated with non-small cell lung cancer.

Lung cancer statistically is associated with smoking.

80 per cent are associated with that.

I smoked 15 or so years ago.

I hadn't smoked for many years, because I had the children.

I just got away from the habit,

so the typical link

of, you know, 20 to 40, heavy smoker, a day, that wasn't me.

In the right lung you have three lobes.

They completely removed one lobe

and, basically, joined it back up together.

So they probably removed a third, if not more, of my right lung.

The treatment never really affected me dramatically,

apart from the surgery,

because they cut a huge hole in your back,

and start moving things about.

So you've got the physical issue of that.

But after, sort of, four weeks or so, after surgery,

I was, you know, OK.

During chemo, I never had any major side effects,

so I was still quite fit and active.

The one that did surprise me a little bit was the radiotherapy.

That was because of where I was being irradiated,

I got inflammation of the oesophagus,

and it was incredibly painful to swallow.

I think one of the things that did help me,

and what people should use,

is a lot of hospitals have cancer nurse specialists,

and they are, basically, a support and link

between yourself and the medical machinery.

And they were excellent in terms of having a sympathetic ear,

answering your questions and pointing you in the right direction.

So I would say use the available resources,

and try and focus on something positive, if you can.