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|CyberKnife® Patient Support Group > Ask the Doctors > AVM > A friend who may benefit. ||Forum Quick Jump|
Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 3
| Posted 5/24/2007 2:03 PM (GMT -8) |
I am a nurse in New Braunfels, Texas. I am writing
regarding a good friend of mine who lives in northern
California. She is a very young, healthy 63 years old
and is in remission from anal/rectal cancer. During
her treatment, she underwent successful surgery for a
small (enclosed) tumor in her liver, and chemotherapy
for a rectal tumor. This was almost a year ago and
she has shown no further signs of either. Her problem
is that one of her earlier PET scans showed small
nodules in her lungs. Her last scan a week ago showed
some growth so her MD is thinking of surgery to take
My question is, could she possibly be a candidate for
CyberKnife usage rather than surgery? Her tumors are
of a contained, squamous cell variety and I would hate
to see her undergo surgery again if there were another
I don’t know what the availability of this technology
is in her area but I do know we have it close by in
San Antonio. My friend had most of her previous
treatment at Johns Hopkins on the east coast and is in
a position to travel for treatment.
I would appreciate any help or suggestions you could
offer to us.
Mickey Craddock, BSN,RN,OCN
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Jerome J. Spunberg, M.D.
Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 2325
| Posted 5/24/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -8) |
|Cyberknife is a very reasonable alternative to surgery, depending upon the size, number, and location of these lesions. She should definitely consider having her case reviewed at a CK Center, perhaps at Stanford in Palo Alto, for example. Check the list at www.accuray.com in order to choose a facility closest by.|
Jerome J. Spunberg, M.D., FACR, FACRO
Cyberknife Center Of Palm Beach
Radiation Oncology Institute
10335 N. Military Trail, Suite C
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
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