New Cancer Treatment

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

38-year-old Alan Stehlik is currently fighting brain cancer.

"Cancer's tough. I mean there’s not really a cure for it. They're working on one all the time, but ... So, I do all I can with radiation and chemo just to keep it at bay for as long as I can."

But he now has a new weapon in his battle. It's called Tomo-Therapy. According to Dr. James Herman of the Sparrow Regional Cancer Center, the treatment is designed to target cancer head on.

"Instead of one beam and one angle, it comes over 360 positions through a semi-circle figure. Therefore you can get precise localized treatment."

The radiation treatment is the latest in Sparrow's arsenal of cancer fighting options. And both patients and physicians liked Dr. Herman are excited about its benefits.

"With this machine you can treat any cancer anywhere and avoid normal structures. That was never able to be done before."


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