CyberKnife success stories

CyberKnife: Spread the word

When DeLano Austin Morgan became PeaceHealth Southwest's second CyberKnife(®) patient in 2006, he did not tell his wife right away. "I didn't want her to worry about me," he says. Because CyberKnife is a noninvasive outpatient procedure, Morgan was able to have the radiosurgery treatment and return to work the same day.

Morgan had an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). "It was a cluster in the worst area possible: the veins that feed blood to the brain. I had no idea I had the AVM. I don't drink or smoke. I love basketball. I'm a very straight-arrow kind of guy."

Early in 2006 the AVM ruptured like a brain hemorrhage, and Morgan was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest's Emergency Department. George Shanno, MD, one of Southwest's a Rebound neurosurgeon, was the on-call doctor that day. After embolizing the AVM (closing off portions of it), Dr. Shanno recommended CyberKnife to repair the malformation.

"Using robotics technology, the CyberKnife system locates the position of the tumor or lesion," explains Dr. Shanno. "Then, using a flexible range of motion, the robotic arm delivers highly focused beams of radiation. CyberKnife is less risky and has fewer complications than traditional surgery and allows us to treat otherwise inoperable lesions."

Since Morgan's single CyberKnife treatment more than five years ago, the AVM is gone, and he has had no major side effects. This year he is focusing on his exercise routine, playing basketball, and enjoying his family life in east Vancouver. "It seems like there is a reason for everything," DeLano Morgan says. "I owe all three doctors and their staff so much for their commitment and dedication to my recovery. I truly believe God performed a miracle through all of them. My life is good."

CyberKnife Treats Prostate Cancer

When Loren Lester was diagnosed with prostate cancer he did a lot of asking around to see what his options were. A friend from church suggested PeaceHealth Southwest's CyberKnife Center.

Loren explains how the treatment process was relaxing. "I got to listen to soft music and was in and out in an hour," says Loren; "CyberKnife allowed treatment and back to work the same day."

After five treatments, Loren has been cancer free for a year now and has had no side effects. "CyberKnife allowed me to treat the cancer and still keep up with my grandkids."

CyberKnife Treats Non-Cancerous Disorder

Daisy Duran went to several specialists to treat the overwhelming face pain she was having. "I couldn't talk without coming to tears," explains Daisy.

Daisy was suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia, a nerve disorder that causes a stabbing or electric-shock-like pain in parts of the face. After several procedures and antibiotics numbers times, she learned about CyberKnife from a friend and how Cyberknife isn't just for cancer patients put for treating the issues like Daisy was having. After one treatment Daisy was free of pain.

"It was the best Christmas present I ever had," says Daisy. Since her treatment she has been pain free and eager to tell anyone she can about CyberKnife and how is restored her life.