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Medical Breakthrough For Certain Cancer Patients

Thalia Hayden

Medical Breakthrough For Certain Cancer Patients

CREATED Jul. 12, 2012




COACHELLA VALLEY-- There is a revolutionary new way to help treat cancer patients suffering from painful spinal tumors. This is a medical breakthrough treatment, when it comes to pain management for certain cancer patients.

72-year-old Steve Booth of Indio is a retired veteran who spent much of his time on the dance floor with his fiancé. But that was before his diagnosis. A few months ago, Booth woke up, unable to move.

"What happened was- I could not get out of bed. I was in excruciating pain. I had to call the paramedics," says Booth.

Booth was diagnosed with multiple myeloma which is cancer of the blood. And even worse, doctors said his cancer had metastasized to his spine. After a week of using heavy pain killer and feeling no results, booth opted to try something unconventional. He underwent a surgical procedure called radiofrequency ablasion. Eisenhower Medical Center is the first hospital in Riverside County to do this procedure, where radiofrequency energy is injected directly into the spinal tumor, providing instant pain relief. Booth was the first patient successfully treated by radiologist Jerry Chang.

"After the procedure, the pain was gone.. which is really amazing. I guess the message is that if anyone has what I had, that theres an opportuinty that they could be operated on, and you don't even feel the procedure, and you're able to get up and walk the next day," says Booth.

The entire procedure takes about an hour, and patients like Booth can return to their normal life within days.

And just to be clear, this does not cure the cancer. It's a means of pain management.