those who might be facing an “acoustic neuroma” crisis, I would
like to tell you–there is an acceptable, noninvasive, proven
procedure available today.
November of 1998, my immediate family noticed a slight loss of
hearing as evidenced by my turning up the television to watch
my beloved ball games. I did not have any other symptoms associated
with acoustic neuroma. I went for a complete hearing evaluation…something
I had not done in over fifteen years. It was noted in this evaluation
a marked difference in the level of hearing between my left and
right ear–necessitating an MRI to be performed. At that time
no one, including the examining physician and audiologist, suspected
a few days of this examination, and within twenty four hours
after completing the MRI, I was called to come in immediately
for an evaluation of the results. Here again, there was no alarm
expressed or implied, as there had not been any reason to suspect
any thing was wrong. I did not have ringing in the ears, no loss
of balance, no facial contortions, not any reduction in what
has always been an active physical life.
making this return visit as requested, surrounding several x-rays
outside the glass enclosed examining room, I noted another physician
and several nurses conferring with my original physician . Entering
the room in mass and posting the x-rays in front of me, I was
informed by the additional physician, who was introduced as a
neurosurgeon, that I had a small (1cc) “Acoustic Neuroma” on
the balance nerve in my right ear. Non malignant in nature it
should be surgically removed, while still at it’s present dimensions,
before the other symptoms became prevalent. In other words, I
was told I had a brain tumor.
concern, fear, the unknown…..I don’t remember any worse
feeling –except facing a potential life threatening situation
with one of my sons a few years ago. A follow up appointment
was made to explain everything in detail with my wife. (I was
more than happy to listen to my options again due to the fact
that after I heard “brain tumor” I didn’t hear anything else!)
second and third opinions about a condition as evidenced by photos
seemed a waste of time…you have it or you don’t. The question
was, when and how to remove it and hopefully experience a full
have always experienced excellent health and having never faced
surgery, we decided to do as much research as possible on Acoustic
Neuromas. A date was set for surgery and in the interim, the
internet afforded us lots of data on this type of tumor.
discovered that there were other methods of treatment for this
tumor depending upon certain conditions. One of those alternative
methods was the CyberKnife. Fortunately, the originator and founder
of this treatment was Dr. John Adler at Stanford University,
just a few miles down the road from us.
weighed the options. A dozen hours of surgery and an operation
which involved removing a square piece of my skull and shrinking
my brain so they could very carefully remove the entire balance
nerve that hosts the tumor. The recovery time was going to be
a couple of years involving months of rehabilitation.
have three non invasive, sixty to ninety minute sessions, with
no side effects, no discomfort, no cutting–I wouldn’t even have
to take off my clothes!
canceled the craniotomy.
my third session–instead of learning how to walk all over again
I took my beautiful wife to lunch.
resulting MRI examinations, done in six month intervals, have
determined the tumor has not only failed to grow, but is, in
fact one-half of its original size! There are expectations of
it being completely gone within the coming year.
we were told by this remarkable doctor of these fantastic results
my personal feelings were equal to those emotions felt upon my
son’s complete recovery from his own personal dilemma. (Today,
he is a practicing physician helping heal the hurt and making
this world a healthier place.)
my wife tells everyone, “every single doctor goes to a different
school, has different professors, learns different things, treats
different patients–so they don’t all know the same thing! Get
a second, third, twenty-third opinion until you find the doctor
that has the answer for you.”
found my answer when I found Dr. Adler and the CyberKnife. It
is my hope, that by writing the above I will be able to share
with others this alternative procedure available today. It not
only saved my life–it retained my life.
Wed, July 21, 2004
PROSTRATE CANCER with the CyberKnife
During a physical examination by my primary care physician, a rise in my PSA
count was noted. This exam took place in November, 2003. I was referred to
a Urologist for further evaluation.
The resulting examination and X-ray revealed a fairly normal prostate both
in size and shape; however, further testing confirmed a PSA count of 4.3 which
resulted in biopsies being performed at that time. On January 7, 2004, I was
notified of prostate cancer being noted on my left prostate with some cloudiness
surrounding this organ. This condition could lead to further problems in the
My options included surgery, seed implanting, external radiation, and the utilization
of the Cyber Knife. I had been a Cyber Knife patient three years earlier having
been successfully treated for an Acoustic Neuroma and I know this alternative
treatment was now being used in lower body extremities. In my ongoing search
for the best way for me to proceed, I realized the lack of more available data
regarding the Cyber Knife was a stumbling block for other physicians who recommended
the seed implanting.
I became the 4th patient treated at Stanford University for prostate cancer
with the Cyber Knife. I chose this method as it was the most non invasive and
posed the least amount of adversarial effects after the treatment. I also had
the utmost confidence in both the treatment and physician. The treatment was
spread out over five days with an hour spent per treatment. The immediate after
effects were totally negative although I did experience some side effects two
weeks out of the final treatment date. Those effects are temporary and pose
nothing but an inconvenience without any serious discomfort or pain. Within
two months or less, there are not any other signs or residual effects from
the Cyber Knife treatment.
My 90 day window of further testing indicated a reduced PSA score of 1.9 and
we anticipate further reduction within the next 90 day window.
Please feel free to contact me regarding any of the above. My telephone number
is (650) 969- 5333. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I definitely recommend this procedure for Prostate Cancer.
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