Vim & Vigor - Summer 2017 - North Mississippi - 5
NMMC Cancer Care made great strides
in treating brain tumors with the addition of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
this summer. Traditionally, brain
tumors have been treated using
"Stereotactic radiosurgery means
we can achieve higher control rates
and fewer side effects," says radiation
oncologist Benjamin Hinton, MD.
"We can give a much higher dose of
radiation to a much smaller area,
sparing healthy brain tissue."
This new outpatient treatment option
uses the traditional linear accelerator
with additional technology.
SRS is a nonsurgical radiation therapy that delivers precisely targeted
is also an option
for some lung and
"With SBRT, it
Benjamin Hinton, MD
is now possible to
safely treat these patients who might
not have had many options before,"
"SRS and SBRT are important
alternatives to invasive surgery, especially for patients who are unable to
GENETIC COUNSELING SERVICES
Genetics determine your eye color,
hair color, height and other physical
traits. However, your genes can also
predict whether you'll be more likely
to get certain types of cancer.
Brenda Worthey of New Albany made
major healthcare decisions based on
Worthey's sister was diagnosed and
treated for breast cancer 19 years ago.
She recently tested positive for the
BRCA genes, which predict breast and
Because of the positive result, it was
recommended that Worthey be tested
"I tested positive, in spite of having
regular clear mammograms," Worthey
says of the BRCA genetic testing.
In August 2016, she had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and
reconstruction, and plans to have a
total hysterectomy soon.
"It was not a hard decision to make,"
Worthey says. "Ever since my sister's
experience, it's been on my mind. I've
wondered what I would do if I had it.
Knowing I had the gene and was likely
to have cancer made it easy to know
what I needed to do. In addition, all
my doctors were very supportive of
NMMC Cancer Care now offers a
genetic services consultant by referral.
SUMME R 2017