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HGTV Cancer Woman Meets Doc Who Made Diagnosis

(ABC News)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 June 2018 11:31 AM

An appearance on HGTV resulted in a cancer diagnoses of a woman by a surgeon who noticed a lump in her neck. It may have saved her life.

Dr. Erich Voigt, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon in New York, spotted the lump on the neck of Nicole McGuinness, 32, of Havelock, North Carolina, while recently watching HGTV's "Beachfront Bargain Hunt," ABC News reported.

"I noticed that she had a lump in her neck," Voigt told ABC News, believing what he saw needed medical attention. "And as a head and neck surgeon, I'm trained to sort of notice these things."

Voigt said, though, that the program never mentioned the woman's last name and he had no idea how to identify and contact her, ABC News said. He turned to social media, posting a clip of the program on Facebook.

"I am watching a TV show and notice this woman has a left thyroid mass," Voigt stated on Facebook, per ABC News. "She needs a sonogram and fine needle biopsy. I wonder if she knows and hope it's benign."

Through Facebook connections, McGuinness – who survived brain cancer earlier – learned of Voigt's message and followed up with the biopsy, ABC said, and she learned it was cancerous.

McGuinness and Voigt met for the first time Tuesday morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," where she thanked the physician for being so proactive and contacting her.

"I've gone through a lot these last couple of years and never expected to have to be a two-time cancer survivor," McGuinness told Voigt on "Good Morning America." "Without you keeping a visual eye and watching that television show, who knows how long I would have gone without (the lump) being checked. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much."

McGuinness told the morning show she is now being treated by a team at Duke University and will see them this week to discuss options in tackling the thyroid cancer.

"I'm going to continue to remain strong and fight," McGuinness said. "I'm going to stay strong and fight this."

Voigt said he was "happy to help" McGuinness.

"Doctors and nurses do this every day," Voigt said on the show. "I felt obliged to help. I saw something and I said I have to reach out. I thought, she's already on a TV show. I'm really not revealing her identity to anyone. I decided to bite the bullet and put it on social media."

McGuinness said she does not have a profile on Facebook and it was a friend of her mother who reached out to her about Voigt's social media post. After getting over the shock of the news, McGuinness told the morning show that she took the message seriously enough to get checked by her primary care physician.

According to a GoFundMe page for McGuinness in 2016, she was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma, or a brain tumor, in December 2015. She underwent surgery at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke and continued her recovery through daily radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

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