Patient Stories

Diagnosis: Lung Cancer

Keith’s Story

Keith Killeen enjoys taking his Weimaraner dog for a 50-55 minute daily walk on a local beach in Ireland. He routinely visits a respiratory consultant to manage his asthma, which has been worsening a bit as he’s gotten older. During the course of one of his appointments the consultant noticed a very, very small tumor

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Jean’s Story

“It’s all gone now.” 91-year-old Jean was plagued by lethargy, coughing fits and other ailments. Her doctor suggested the CyberKnife® System after Jean was diagnosed with lung cancer, and surgery was deemed too invasive and risky. Amazed that treatment required only four 30-minute procedures, Jean and her husband discuss how significantly her life has improved.

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Judith’s Story

Judith, a busy real estate asset manager, mother and local volunteer was rushing to get to a routine chest scan scheduled right around the winter holidays in 2004. Due to overbookings at the hospital she was tempted to reschedule her appointment for a later date and return to the urgent calling of her “to-do” list.

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Kay’s Story

Kay was alarmed when she struggled with loss of breath after a short walk with her dog. After visiting an oncologist, she was diagnosed with Stage 1 lung cancer. She was told surgery and chemotherapy was the only treatment option. That wasn’t good enough for Kay. She sought other solutions and discovered the CyberKnife® System.

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Paul’s Story

Until March 16, 2012, Paul was busy leading a full life in Las Vegas as a husband, father and grandfather. A hospital CEO and healthcare consultant for over 30 years, Paul took great pride in doing everything in his power to keep active and stay healthy. His efforts seemed to be paying off as he

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Forrest’s Story

In October of 2011, California resident Forrest “Skip” was unexpectedly hospitalized with severe stomach pain. After routine tests were unable to identify the source of his pain, Skip was sent home. One month later, Skip received a phone call that would forever change his life: he had stage IV lung cancer, which had metastasized to

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Danny’s Story

Metastasis to the lung in December 2004, there was a death warrant out for Danny. The 55- year-old Houston native had a routine CT scan that revealed a tumor the size of a lime on his left lung. A biopsy showed that the tumor was malignant, a result of skin cancer that he had been

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Lewis’s Story

In May 2011, Lewis received news that would change his life forever. After an episode where he coughed up blood, 63 year-old Lewis went to see his doctor. A volunteer firefighter for 35 years and a smoker up until 10 years’ prior, Lewis had been experiencing a recurring cough throughout much of his adult life

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