When Willard "Neal" Mills suffered chest pain two years ago, his doctor at first suspected bronchitis or allergies. A scan showed something far worse: cancer in the longtime smoker's lungs.
The disease marched unchecked into his liver and bones despite months of chemotherapy, radiation and the newest treatment that stimulates the body's own immune system to fight cancer. Such progression is common with lung cancer, which kills more than 150,000 people a year nationwide.
Doctors didn't think Mills had more than six months to live.
Then a dramatic shift occurred in Mills, and now the recently retired planning director for the city of Havre de Grace is...