“I have cancer growing inside of my lungs. I can’t see it. I can’t touch it. But I know that it is there,” shares John, a computer technologist from West Chester.
John states that the doctors have shown him the medical images of his lungs so that he could see his cancer. “Even though I have seen it in CT scans and MRI’s, it is still hard to believe. I thought that my increased congestion was due to allergies. I work with computers all day long, but now computers are helping to save my life.”
In addition to the advanced medical images that diagnosed John’s cancer, the treatment that he chose is also possible because of the advances in computer technology. Surgery was not an option for John because it would have damaged the healthy tissue and was close to his heart. He chose to have radiation therapy with Dr. Ed Hughes instead.
“The fact that we can now use advanced computer imaging during John’s treatment to actually see inside his lungs; has been the biggest medical breakthrough in my 35 year career”, explains Hughes. The CyberKnife’s computers actually track the motion of John’s breathing so that it can deliver the radiation with sub-millimeter precision to only the cancerous tissue.
“Knowing that the doctors could see inside my lungs and that the CyberKnife was so precise and so accurate, helped me to relax. I work. I support my wife and 3 kids. I was not only afraid for my life, but afraid to take off work to recover”, says John. He was able to have 3 CyberKnife treatments that lasted less than an hour. He was able to keep working and was able to keep up with his active family.
It has been 14 months since his CyberKnife treatments and he is now cancer free.
John shares his enthusiasm, “I have always loved computers. They have fascinated me since I was a teenager and now they have saved my life.”