23 Feb, 2013
cancer, cyberknife, patient, patient care, patient testimonial, radiation, radiation therapy, radiosurgery, radiotherapy, tumor
Dear Dr. Mak, Dr. Grace, Thomas, Edwin, Aileen, Paula and Edith:
Thank you all for taking such good care of me during the planning and delivery of my CyberKnife treatment. I really appreciate the attentive and compassionate care that I have received the entire time I have been coming. Thanks again!
~ L.L. (diagnosed with adrenal metastasis)
A great article on how a prostate cancer patient won battle against his insurance company for coverage on the CyberKnife treatment. As indicated in the article, the FDA approved the CyberKnife treatment more than a decade ago. Instead of undergoing 40 fractions of external radiation therapy or major surgery, CyberKnife only takes 4 treatment which offers a much more convenient and minimally invasive alternative for patients. Unfortunately, we still occasionally get denials from the insurance companies. Hopefully, they will soon recognize the benefits that CyberKnife offers and will make it available for all their patients.
I-Team: Insurance company makes exception for prostate cancer patient.
We just received another wonderful patient testimonial =) Today is a happy day =)
“I had no idea what to expect with the new treatment. I was very pleasantly surprised that the whole experience has been so easy. I had no pain or after effects of any kind. The doctors and the staff have been most helpful and took good care of me. All my questions were answered and I have felt comfortable at all times throughout the procedure.”
Our Medical Director, Dr. Albert Mak, was invited to speak at the Cancer Support Community in Pasadena (formerly known as the Wellness Community) yesterday. He gave a presentation on the “CyberKnife Radiosurgery Treatment” and a brief overview of “How to Manage Side Effects”.
The attendees learned about the difference between radiation therapy and radiosurgery, different types of radiosurgery treatments available, an introduction of the CyberKnife treatment, and how to manage side effects. Most of the attendees have not heard of the CyberKnife treatment before and after listening to the presentation, they were all very impressed with what the CyberKnife could offer. The presentation went very well and we want to thank everyone for attending. It’s very nice meeting each of you and we wish you all the best of luck and happiness for the future! =)
Dr. Mak speaking at the Cancer Support Community workshop
We would also like to once again thank Jill at the Cancer Support Community Pasadena for giving us the opportunity to speak at their workshop. The Cancer Support Community is a great place for people who are affected by cancer to get psychological and social support. Their mission is to help those affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support, education and hope. They provide professionally-led programs of support to people with cancer and their loved ones no matter what kind of cancer or where they are on their cancer journey. Participants can choose to participate in a variety of programs designed to help them learn more about cancer and its treatment, as well as connecting with and learning from others as you face cancer together. In addition to educational workshops like the one we just did, they also offer “mind and body” classes ranging from yoga, tai chi to painting and knitting. All the workshops and classes at the Cancer Support Community are provided free of charge! Remember, you don’t have to fight cancer alone, there are resources available in the community that aim to help those affected by cancer. For more information on the Cancer Support Community, please visit their website at www.cscpasadena.org.
We just received a testimonial from one of our prostate cancer patients, and would like to share his comments with you all:
“The staff at the Pasadena CyberKnife Center was very patient and accommodating. They worked very hard to make sure that the entire treatment process went as smoothly as possible. They addressed all my concerns and issues promptly and fully. They also made patient comfort a high priority in their center and I was comfortable the entire time. The treatment itself was not stressful and the side effects is very minimal. Thank you for everything!”
Thank you so much for the wonderful testimonial you gave us. We wish you all the best!
From Team PCC =)