UC Irvine Patient Talks About His Life After Lung Cancer


Allen Fremont was strangely stoic that day in 2010 when he watched a pulmonologist—clutching a long, fine needle—drain liter after liter of fluid from his chest. The fluid build-up, called pleural effusion, filled the spaces between his lungs and chest wall. Fremont, a physician, knew it could only mean one thing: He had cancer.

He’d been fighting a cough, shortness of breath and fatigue for months. Although he never smoked, Fremont, a researcher with the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica and a professor at UCLA, was diagnosed with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

He was placed on “palliative care,” which means he would undergo chemotherapy to try to hold the cancer at bay and extend his life. Fremont and his wife, Chloe, have two sons: Jeremy and Evan, who were ages 13 and 7 at the time. He thought about not being there to help Chloe raise them.

“I knew the odds, and I wasn’t at all sure there was going to be an effective treatment,” he says.

Read Allen’s full story — and see the custom micro-site Moon Tide built for UC Irvine Health’s Anti-Cancer campaign.

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