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Judi
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   Posted 12/19/2006 5:20 PM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
My Mom-in-law has a tumor in her right upper lobe. It is 2 cm, lights up the PET scan but according to the scan the cancer hasn’t spread and it’s the only one. Her doctors are saying that surgery would be the best option but have also brought up the cyberknife. She is 85yrs. old, has emphasema, CHF, enlarged heart, ventricular fibrilation, has a pacemaker and had an ablation. She is fearful of going off the coumadin (sp?), fearful of having a stroke during or after surgery. Would the cyberknife be a good option in her case?

Judi
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Jerome J. Spunberg, M.D.
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   Posted 12/19/2006 9:43 PM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Absolutely…the risks with CK would be far less than with surgery, and the local control rate would be close to results with surgery. In fact, she is an excellent candidate although I always state that for the healthier patients surgery is still the treatment of choice. Have her records/films reviewed at a CK Center of your choice…check www.accuray.com for the complete list.


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
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Judi
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   Posted 12/20/2006 4:14 AM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Thank you for the speedy reply Dr. Spunberg. As you know this is an enormous decision and your opinion is very much appreciated. We’ll be calling our local CK facility for an appointment.

Judi
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Jerome J. Spunberg, M.D.
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   Posted 12/20/2006 4:22 AM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Great…please let me know how she does. It is a patient like your mother-in-law who really illustrates the potential value and benefit of CK for lung cancer patients who are not good surgical candidates. We have many patients just like her who are very grateful for the existence of CK as a treatment alternative.

P.S. Nice to see someone so concerned about her mother-in-law; after all, I have 3 sons and no daughters!


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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Judi
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   Posted 12/20/2006 4:39 AM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
:-) Thank you Dr.! I will keep you posted on her decision and how it all goes.

Judi
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   Posted 12/20/2006 4:44 PM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Ck is an excellent choice.


Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
St. Anthony Hospital Cyberknife Center
(405) 272-7311
buddy@swrads.org or cmedbery@coxinet.net

Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
Southwest Radiation Oncology
1011 N. Dewey Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Judi
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   Posted 1/4/2007 7:31 AM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Dear Doctors,
to keep you updated, I printed up your replies so that my MIL could have all information when making her decision. She opted for the CK. Her first appt. is Tuesday, the consult where we’ll find out what comes next. I’ll keep you posted as to how it all goes. Thank you once again for your time and sharing your expertise on this.
Judi
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Jerome J. Spunberg, M.D.
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   Posted 1/8/2007 2:26 PM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Good luck with your appointment!


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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Judi
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   Posted 2/7/2007 11:29 AM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Hello Doctors,

My MIL’s first CK treatment was today. Last week she had the fiducials put in place (excuse my spelling and terminology as I’m new to this and not sure if it’s all correct) and the biopsy done. The biopsy showed the cancer to be carcinosarcoma which was primary in the lung. The follow up CT scan this past Monday showed everything to have stayed in order and CK began today. She will have a treatment tomorrow, then again on Friday. Following up with another CT scan in 6 weeks.

I just wanted to keep you updated as I said I would. Thank goodness for the CK option, she would have had no other.

Judi
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   Posted 3/28/2007 6:41 PM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Hello Doctors,

My Mom-in-law is anxious for me to write you and get your opinion. She had a CT scan of her lung done this week. It came up as showing the tumor to have shrunk 80%. There are holes in it, making it look like swiss cheese. Her doctor thinks that the tumor may keep shrinking a little bit more and has confidence that the cancer has a low likely-hood of recurring in the same spot. Although he did say, given the nature of the cancer, it’s more likely to occur somewhere else.

Her next step is to have a PET scan done in June.

Any comments or opinions would be much appreciated.

Thank you!

Judi
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   Posted 3/29/2007 2:35 AM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
That is the god and expected result, although we typically get limburger.


Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
St. Anthony Hospital Cyberknife Center
(405) 272-7311
buddy@swrads.org or cmedbery@coxinet.net

Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
Southwest Radiation Oncology
1011 N. Dewey Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Jerome J. Spunberg, M.D.
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   Posted 3/29/2007 4:34 AM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
That is a typical and expected result. It should look better with more time.


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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