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.