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Marsha Berman - Patient Story

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"Unlike some doctors, Dr. Hayes spent a lot of time with me and answered all of my questions without rushing."

— Marsha Berman

Being diagnosed and treated for cancer has certainly has made me treasure every day and the experiences that come with each day. When you are diagnosed with cancer, it is important to keep a positive attitude, to surround yourself with caring, loving people, and to develop a good support system.

I was 72 years old in November 2010 when I heard that, once again, I had a small spot on my lung. This diagnosis was not that surprising to me. I had been diagnosed with and treated for lung cancer in 1981, and both of my parents had fought cancer. Before 2010, I had had surgery to remove my thyroid and had undergone a breast lumpectomy. Because I had already undergone three surgeries for lung cancer, I was not confident that my lungs could take one more surgical procedure, and I hoped for an alternative type of treatment. 

I discussed my options with my oncologist, who recommended that I make an appointment with Shelly Hayes, MD, director of Fox Chase Cancer Center Buckingham. Dr. Hayes and her team specialize in a minimally invasive technique to deliver radiation guided by imaging and computer-controlled robotics. The technique, called CyberKnife, can treat cancer in difficult to reach areas, such as the lungs and the brain.

I met with Dr. Hayes in January 2011, and she told me that I would be an excellent candidate for the CyberKnife procedure. She was terrific from the first appointment and was thorough, professional, and very empathetic. Unlike some doctors, Dr. Hayes spent a lot of time with me and answered all of my questions without rushing.

It was a stressful time in my life, not only dealing with another treatment for lung cancer but also caring for my sick husband. However, Dr. Hayes made me feel optimistic.

CyberKnife was an interesting process. The first step was computer mapping technology, followed by four treatments to remove the spot on my lung with CyberKnife radiation. Other than feeling a little tired, I had no adverse reaction to the procedure. It was completely painless and I even went out for dinner afterward. After the procedure, I had four chemotherapy treatments.

Since that time, I have stayed busy with all kinds of activities and volunteer work, and I am very involved in helping care for my grandchildren. I still see Dr. Hayes very three months for follow-up CT and PET scans, as well as mammograms.

From the first phone call to set up the appointment at Fox Chase through every stage of the treatment, the staff has been caring and warm, professional and compassionate. I absolutely recommend CyberKnife therapy and Dr. Hayes for anyone in need of treatment.

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