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kimbar
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   Posted 7/19/2007 11:50 AM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I recently sent a post regarding my father who has a spine tumor that mestasized from his lungs. The tumor was found after his legs began feeling weak, tingly and numb. his symptoms continued to worsen to the point where he could not walk at all. He underwent approx. 14 radiation treatments and is now taking Tarceva – for about one month now. In the last two weeks he has begun to get movement and feeling in his toes and now legs. We looked into cyberknife treatments but were informed that he is not a candidate because the cyberknife is used primarily to treat pain not neurological function. Either way, isn’t is used to directly treat the tumor and to decrease its size?
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Jerome J. Spunberg, M.D.
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   Posted 7/19/2007 4:22 PM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Absolutely. You were not informed correctly. CK is used to shrink tumors for various reasons, including pain relief, but certainly not exclusively for that purpose. Shrinkage relieves pressure on critical structures such as a nerve or the spinal cord thereby resulting in improved neurologic function.


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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   Posted 7/20/2007 7:46 AM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Thank you for your response Dr. Spunberg. I just got off the phone with a nurse at Saint Francis Hospital – I called to confirm their response as she previously spoke with my mother. She said that the physicians at Saint Francis reviewed my father’s file and did not think he was a candidate because they use ck to treat pain and not neurological function. She went on to say that since they could not improve his neurological function, and thus his quality of life, he was not a candidate. How would you respond to that?

Thanks,

Kimberly
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   Posted 7/20/2007 7:52 AM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
poppycock


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 7/20/2007 9:07 AM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Ditto


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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