Diagnosis: Metastasis to the Lung
“Once I met Dr. Berger and he explained what the CyberKnife could do, I knew this was the treatment I wanted,” Danny said. “Being an experienced rifle shot, I know the importance of hitting the target. With regular surgery, it’s impossible for doctors to remove the entire tumor. But the CyberKnife is so accurate that it can get the legs and extensions of the tumor.”In March 2005, Danny underwent three treatments with the CyberKnife System that each lasted about 90 minutes. During the treatment he wore a special vest with markers that helped his doctors target his tumor and hit it with radiation from 120 different angles. Danny barely missed a day of work during his treatment. He was able to catch up on phone calls and e-mails each day, before and during his treatment sessions. And he was quickly able to resume his regular tennis matches. “I had no reaction to anything. Nothing hurt. My hair didn’t fall out. I wasn’t sick and miserable,” said Danny. “Because it was a new technology, I was wondering if it was going to work. But I knew I could put my life in Dr. Berger’s hands. He can shoot that machine like Wyatt Earp can shoot a gun.” Proof of the CyberKnife System’s accuracy and success in treating lung tumors was in Danny’s follow-up CT scans. After 30 days, his tumor had shrunk by 90 percent. And, in three months, the tumor was completely gone. “After I found out I had the lung tumor, I said ‘I’m not dying. I refuse,’” he said. “You have to have an open mind and use every tool available to cure cancer. The CyberKnife was the neatest thing I ever saw. If I ever get another tumor, I’m not worried. I know exactly where to go to get it fixed.” Danny is so impressed by the capabilities of the CyberKnife System that his goal is to establish a CyberKnife center in the Houston area. “The CyberKnife can save a lot of lives,” Danny added. “I made a deal with the Big Guy…if he’d keep me around awhile, I’d try to help save other lives. Every week I get calls from two or three people who have cancer, and I’ve always recommended that they check out the CyberKnife.” As of the creation of this patient profile, Danny found his CyberKnife treatment to be successful.