Alert doctor spots cancer in TV contestant, tracks her down through Facebook

08 June, 2018, 05:36 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Doctor watching HGTV notices lump on woman's throat, leading to life-changing diagnosis

With almost 20 years of experience as an ear nose and throat doctor and surgeon at New York University Langone Health, Dr Voigt immediately recognised the worrisome spot.

The power of social media proved to be enough as word eventually reached Nicole McGuinness from Havelock in North Carolina.

Talking to ABC Information, Dr Voigt defined how the lump in Nicole's neck was one thing exclusively a educated physician like himself would recognise as needing consideration.

An eagle-eyed surgeon and social media are being credited with helping to save a woman's life after the doctor took action online when he spotted a lump on the stranger's neck when she appeared on an HGTV show.

A woman is now in cancer treatments after a doctor, who happened to be watching her on an episode of HGTV's Beachfront Bargain Hunt, noticed an odd lump on her neck. I have gone through a lot these last couple of years and never expected to have to be a cancer survivor twice, but without you keeping a vigilant eye and watching that television show, who knows how long I would have gone on without that being checked. She wants a sonogram and advantageous needle biopsy. I felt obliged and sort of guilty, like I should let her know.


Doctor Erich Voigt was just relaxing in front of the TV when Nicole McGuinness was speaking on a show. She said she learned it was thyroid cancer, and was seeking the appropriate medical care. She will be seeing a surgeon and getting appropriate treatment and I hope she will be cured!

She also has expressed that it was a miracle that the doctor happened to see it on TV and stated how grateful she was.

Dr Voigt (left) met Nicole (right) for the first time on Monday on Good Morning America, where the young cancer victim thanked him for catching what even her own oncologists had missed.

"So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you", Nicole told Dr Voigt.

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