April 5th, 2011
11:21 AM ET

Human Factor: Opera singer gives voice to cancer fight

In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship –- they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed.   This week Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces us to an opera singer from Shanghai who followed her dreams to the U.S.  Then, two years ago, she learned she had lung cancer, even though she never smoked. But Zheng Cao never lost hope or her desire to sing.  And today she wants to use that voice to help others.

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  1. Russ Miller

    Nice human interest story, doc, BUT WHAT did her now doctor/husband do to 'save her life'. How about some medical information or links??? Human interest -1, Medical enlightenment – 0 rm

    April 8, 2011 at 12:07 | Report abuse | Reply


    April 8, 2011 at 15:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Nora Lynne Martin

    Could we please find out what treatment she received and where? Was it Tarceva? Any links would be appreciated. Thanks.

    April 8, 2011 at 18:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Cee Enn

    She was treated with chemotherapy and the brain tumors with radio surgery (radiation treatment, non invasive) by a Gamma Knife,
    Hospitals with name and reputation has a gamma knife, check where u live.

    April 9, 2011 at 06:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ronald

    Hi! please give us the contact info of the Dr. it will be a great help for us. Thank you so much

    April 9, 2011 at 18:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RPM49

      I believe UCSF is the medical center for which you're looking, Ronald.
      Best wishes to you!

      April 25, 2011 at 21:15 | Report abuse |
  6. Jay

    Would you please let us know the name of the Chemo agent/agents, she received and how long she has been free of disease. Did she had any surgery for removal of lung cancer after chemo and tumor regression???. Is she under maintenance therapy now?? Any information will be helpful.
    Thank you for sharing her story, we are very happy for her, and hope there will be cure for all types of cancer in near future.

    April 10, 2011 at 01:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Sara Joiner

    You can find out more about her radiosurgery treatment for brain cancer at http://www.gammaknife.com.

    April 14, 2011 at 15:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Charles

    She was most likely treated in San Francisco at UCSF. That's the preeminent Gamma Knife center there.

    April 14, 2011 at 15:22 | Report abuse | Reply
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