SEATTLE -- Local doctors are making strides against the deadliest of all cancers-lung cancer.
It's a disease that strikes smokers and non-smokers alike. Now there is a push to diagnose and treat lung cancer in new ways.
When Randall Broad got his lung cancer diagnosis in 2008, it was presented as a death sentence.
"I was given a year," Broad said. "After the diagnosis, they said you probably have about a year, get your things in order."
Broad wound up on a clinical trial for a chemotherapy drug at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The then-experimental therapy saved his life.
"It is now the standard of treatment for my disease," Broad said. "And that is the way Dr. Martins put it - it's tomorrow's treatment, today."
Those same researchers are now testing the next advance in lung cancer treatment - immunotherapy.
The immunotherapy technique harnesses a patient's own immune system to fight cancer.
Last month, Dr. Laura Chow presented findings from two immunotherapy trials with exciting results.
"There's actually very good three-year survival outcomes (with immunotherapy), where there is no three-year survivors in the chemotherapy group," Chow said.
Earlier diagnosis helps, so Seattle Cancer Care Alliance recently opened a wellness center to offer lung cancer screenings for people at a high risk.
Broad credits SCCA with saving his life after a diagnosis he never saw coming.
"It caught me off guard. It did. It caught me," Broad said. "There was no history in my family. Nobody was smokers."