Joshua Bauml, MD and Melina Marmarelis, MD, MSCE
Zofia Piotrowska, MD and Catherine Meador, MD, PhD
Helena A. Yu, MD and Joseph Chan, MD, PhD
My name is Ivy Elkins and I was diagnosed at age 47 with EGFR-positive stage IV lung cancer that had metastasized to my bones and brain. I have been treated successfully with targeted therapy medications since my diagnosis, thus allowing me to lead an active life and handle my lung cancer as a chronic disease. I receive my treatment at the University of Chicago and live in the Chicago suburbs with my husband Ben and my two teenaged boys. I have an undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
My journey with lung cancer started long before I became a patient. When I was 13 years old, I lost two grandparents and my dad to lung cancer within a period of eight months. Fourteen years later, my mom and close aunt succumbed to the disease within a two-year period. I needed to find a way to redirect my anger into action so I became a volunteer and advocate for lung cancer. Then, as president of LUNGevity Foundation the unthinkable happened. In 2009, at 39 years old with four small children, I was diagnosed with lung cancer.