Following several cycles of chemotherapy and a mastectomy for her lymph node-positive breast cancer, as well as a bout of community acquired pneumonia, Kathi was scheduled for conventional photon radiation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). However, due to a carcinoid tumor previously discovered in Kathi’s right lung, her doctor instead recommended proton therapy and referred her to Dr. Isabelle Choi, radiation oncology attending at MSK and Clinical Director at the New York Proton Center.
“We knew that, following Kathi’s treatment, we would need to surgically remove the lobe with her carcinoid tumor,” said Dr. Choi. “Proton therapy dramatically reduced the prospect of complications from that surgery. It also helped minimize any damage, inflammation and scarring to her remaining lung tissue.”
During her first conversation with Dr. Choi, Kathi felt incredibly comfortable and reassured.
“She explained proton therapy just the way I like it,” Kathi said. “Very matter-of-fact. No sugar coating, but also very positive. She basically said, ‘This is what we can do. This is how we predict it will work.’”
And just as Dr. Choi predicted, it did work, every bit as well as expected.
“I went to see my breast surgeon after my proton therapy,” said Kathi. “And she basically said, ‘Everything looks wonderful.’”