UPDATE (May 26, 2016): Drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney is resting comfortably and talking with family members and friends a day after surgery in North Carolina to address potential lung cancer concerns, according to NHRA.com.
In a four-hour surgery performed Wednesday at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in downtown Charlotte, renowned thoracic and cardiac surgeon Dr. Harold Howe removed the upper and middle lobes of Muldowney’s right lung, as well as lymph nodes and a possibly cancerous tumor that was sent for testing.
Drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney has been diagnosed with lung cancer and will undergo surgery at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in downtown Charlotte early Wednesday morning, according to NHRA.com. The surgery is to remove her right lung where a Stage II tumor has grown. Renowned thoracic and cardiac surgeon Dr. Harold Howe will lead the team performing the five-hour-long procedure.
“I urge everyone to keep up with their health and get chest x-rays as often as possible to make sure they are okay,” the 75-year-old Muldowney told NHRA.com. “I’m a fighter, always have been, and I’m going to fight this as best I can with everything I got. Dr. Howe is the #1 guy in the business and he’s as ready as I am to get this thing out of me.
“I’m ready for the pain to stop. It’s been getting worse the last few weeks as they did biopsies and the pre-op stress tests to make sure I was strong enough to have the surgery. Everything is good, so we’re getting it done.”