Patient Testimony – CyberKnife

Ms Margaret

This is Margaret. A survivor of breast, metastatic lung & metastatic brain cancer.

Having had dedicated 23 years of her life working in St. Joseph Home serving the orphans, life hadn’t been kind to her. She is no stranger to all the struggles cancer brings – mentally, physically and financially, and yet every time you see her, she would have the biggest smile on her face.

Before she came to us, she was a General Hospital patient. She had her breast cancer treated there in 2015. It was all good until 2018. In 2018, she discovered that she got lump after persistent coughing.

She went back to General Hospital and was scheduled to do a CT scan. However, it was too long of a waiting period for her. She had no choice but turned to Mount Miriam. She was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer and she diligently finished her treatment regimen. The results from the scan were encouraging.

Just as she thought everything was finally over, cancer tightened its grip again. During her recovery period, she found something amiss. At first, she just felt that her hands and legs were heavy and not able to function properly. As time goes by, it eventually got so bad that she could not even muster enough energy to hold a spoon or pen. This time around, we did a full body scan for her. We found that cancer had spread to her brain. For the uninitiated, any cancer can spread to the brain, but the types most likely to cause brain metastases are lung, breast, colon, kidney and melanoma. Brain metastases, or secondary brain tumors, occur in 10 to 30 percent of adults with cancer.

When she was treating her metastatic lung cancer, she had been subjected to frequent bouts of chemotherapy. It has taken a toll on her health. Within that short period, if she were to go for craniotomy to treat the brain tumour, she might not be able to cope with side effects that a surgery brings. Considering her condition, Mount Miriam decided to offer her a fully subsidized CyberKnife treatment. CyberKnife can effectively treat brain cancer without surgery. Not only will Margaret be spared surgery, anesthetic, blood loss, infection risks and prolonged recoveries, but she can return home the same day. The treatment has no debilitating side effects, so it hardly affects Margaret’s quality of life.