Breast Cancer Treatment Significantly Reduces Recurrence Rate and Increases Survival Rate

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Teacher Wins
Fight Against Cancer Thanks to New Medical Technology


In 2003, Courtney
Roush was a 20-year-old sophomore at Ohio University, when she began to
experience back pain, fatigue, and weight loss. Initially, she didn’t give it
much thought. But when a random check, at a local drug store, revealed
extremely high blood pressure — Courtney knew something wasn’t quite right.”


When I got home, my
mom took one look at me and said we need to get you to a doctor right away,”
said Courtney.


A series of tests
concluded Courtney had an 8lb tumor; and a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis —
Retroperitoneal Sarcoma. Retroperitoneal sarcomas are malignant tumors which
grow in the abdominal cavity. They have an aggressive rate of growth and a
high rate of recurrence.


My father told me
not to just accept one opinion,” Courtney confided. “He felt it was important
to explore several options in order to decide what the right treatment plan
was for me.”


Eventually, two
sarcoma specialists, Timothy J. Kinsella, M.D. in Radiation Oncology and
Robert Shenk, M.D. in Surgical Oncology at University Hospitals Case Medical
Center recommended radiation therapy, followed by an operation to remove the
tumor. Dr. Kinsella told Courtney that during the operation, he wanted to use
a new technology called the Mobetron device to administer intraoperative
electron-beam radiation therapy (IOERT) to kill the remaining


Mobetron is the first
OR-ready, fully portable, self-shielding electron-beam linear accelerator
designed for use in any operating room. Key Mobetron benefits include:
increased survival rates, better local tumor control, shorter treatment
cycles, fewer side effects and peace of mind. Leading hospitals, from
university research centers to specialized cancer clinics in North America,
Europe and Asia, use Mobetron as a vital part of their comprehensive cancer
program to deliver life-saving treatment.


After 35 radiation
treatments, Courtney’s surgery was scheduled. Dr. Shenk removed the tumor,
along with one kidney and part of Courtney’s intestines, and Dr. Kinsella used
Mobetron to administer the IOERT treatment to kill the remaining cancer cells.
The procedure was a success.


Courtney couldn’t be
more pleased with the results. “It was a miracle,” she said. “Before the
surgery I had cancer, and after the surgery I was cancer free. I didn’t have
to do any more radiation treatment, take any medication, or anything. In less
than three months, I was back in school. Eventually I gained my weight back
and I have been fine ever since.”


Today, Courtney has a
bright future ahead of her. The 24-year-old is a dedicated teacher living in
Findlay, Ohio. She recently got married and is hoping to start a family soon.
Courtney says her family and friends played an important role in her recovery,
“Emotionally, you can’t go through something like this alone. You need support
from friends and family, and you have to stay spiritual.”


Still, Courtney
credits her doctors and a new cancer-fighting device, with making it all
possible. “I am so grateful that my doctors were open to using new
technologies. The Mobetron is an amazing tool and I want everyone going
through something similar to know about it. It saved my life. And it can save


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