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3x3cm Extradural Metastasis (Primary Lung)
Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 3:34 PM
Joined: 1/15/2013
Posts: 1

Doctor, First of all, it is amazing this forum exists. A relative of mine is 92 years old. According to a PET/CT he is showing a 3-4 cm mass surrounding the upper right lobe broncus, Two metastases have formed including one located at L1 and one on the inferior pubic ramus - both are approximately 3x3 cm. Given he is located near Tampa we are considering Moffitt. I find it interesting that centers that do NOT have access to CK make it sure to address as to why they do not have it. This leads me to believe that CK does in fact provide some tangible benefit over other equipment. Unfortunately, the L1 metastasis is causing some serious pain and we would like to get that treated immediately. Would you consider it to be appropriate or acceptable for the patient to begin receiving radiation treatment immediately and then move over to the CK in the future or try his best to get CK treatment as an initial treatment? I do know there is a center that provides for CK treatment in Tampa' although, I am not sure as to how we would go about pursuing that if we are going to set up shop at Moffitt. Thanks so much for all your help.
Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 5:44 PM
Joined: 10/10/2008
Posts: 4435

I would probably start with standard radiation to the spine although I could make a good argument for going right to CK. Treatment is going to be palliative. Chemotherapy might be in order if he is able to tolerate it.


Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
St. Anthony Hospital Cyberknife Center
(405) 272-7311

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Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
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