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mywaymick
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   Posted 5/24/2007 2:03 PM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Hello,

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
these.
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
option.
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.
Thank you,
Mickey Craddock, BSN,RN,OCN
mywaymick2002@sbcglobal.net
830-660-7665
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Jerome J. Spunberg, M.D.
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   Posted 5/24/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
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
jspunberg@radiationoncologyinstitute.com
(561) 799-2828

Radiation Oncology Institute
10335 N. Military Trail, Suite C
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
(561) 624-1717

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