Cancer Control Month: Combining Surgery and CyberKnife for Brain Tumors

April is National Cancer Control Month, a national awareness holiday that aims to highlight advancements in prevention, detection and treatment of all cancers.

One important aspect of cancer control for patients is understanding cancer treatment options. While many diagnoses have traditional treatment options such as surgery or chemotherapy, many patients may qualify for a combination of treatments.

For St. Louis CyberKnife patient Theresa T., combining multiple methods of treatment for her lung metastases was vital for her speedy recovery. After her lung cancer spread to her brain, Theresa was originally treated with chemotherapy to shrink the tumor. Though the treatment was successful, her doctor suggested completing treatment with CyberKnife after the tumor reduced in size.

“With chemotherapy I was nauseated and it affected me for days after treatment. When I went through CyberKnife treatment, I felt great and in fact was able to go shopping right after my session. I actually had more energy than I usually do because I was no longer experiencing headaches from my brain lesions,” she said.

While each case is different, combining CyberKnife with other cancer treatmentsÊ can help to reduce side effects and provide an added convenience to the total cancer treatment plan. Consult with your physician on whether this may be an option for you.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.