Master Sankha Subhra Dey, 15 year old bright young boy from Tripura and the only son of Mr. Bimalendu Dey visited Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital, Chennai which houses the Asia Pacific’s first and latest Cyberknife® on the 31st of January 2009.
Mr. Bimalendu Dey, is a School Teacher with Govt of Tripura and belonged to the lower income group. When his son was first brought to the Apollo Hospitals, he complained of severe headache, and was registered with our Neurosurgery department.
Before coming to Apollo, the boy was treated at local hospitals in Tripura but there was no relief. Instead his symptoms worsened. That was when, Mr. Bimalendu Dey decided to bring him to Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital. He was seen by one of our eminent Neurosurgeon Dr.M.Balamurugan.
At the time of presentation patient had neck pain, weakness of upper limb associated with tingling numbness. Poor cough reflex and difficulty in swallowing was also seen. His motor sensation and power was 4/5 all four limbs.
He was hospitalized and investigated MRI brain Angio and Venogram revealed expansile lesion involving the medulla and Cervico medullary Junction extending to C2 -C3 level.
After Pre – operative wok up and consent the patient was taken up for tracheostemy , and occipito-cervical craniotomy, decompression was performed.
During surgery highly vascularised tumor seen in brainstem, possibility of Hemangioblastoma was decided.Surgery was abandoned because of high vascularity,critical position and poor out come. His post-op period was uneventful.
Patient was referred to Dr.RathnaDevi, Senior Consultant Radiation Oncology for possibility of Radiation therapy treatment. This was the time that Apollo Hospital had introduced Cyberknife® system the world’s first and only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors with sub milli-meter accuracy. Cyberknife can also be used to treat tumors previously considered inoperable.The location of the lesion was in a critical area of the brain stem. It was a challenge to treat the lesion with such accuracy without affecting other adjacent critical structures which was possible only with CyberKnife radiosurgery.
A TOUGH DECISION MADE EASY!
As there was no possibility of surgery the only option of treatment was Radiosurgery.
Having a thought that Master Sankha Subhra Dey could find an answer in Cyberknife® ® treatment, Dr.Rathna Devi discussed the case in Cyberknife® ® advisory board, and the same was opined and agreed by the Cyberknife® board.
The doctor also posted the case in the CK society and opinion was sought with renowned CK specialists all over the world.Fortunately, Dr.John Adler (Father of Cyberknife® ) visited our hospital to inaugurate Cyberknife®. His valuable advise was also sought.
Patient and his father was counseled about Cyberknife treatment and that was the only option of treatment. They understood clearly and consented for Cyberknife treatment and even waited till the Cyberknife machine was commissioned and functional. HE WAS OUR 1ST CYBERKNIFE PATIENT.
After proper immobilization and imaging planning was done taking utmost care to protect the critical organs which were at risk. An additional benefit with Cyberknife is that it can be done on a Outpatient basis. After successful planning and verification, treatment delivery was done. Patient underwent 21Gy in three sittings from 24th to 26th March. Patient tolerated the treatment well.
This was also a moment when we saw the deep emotional bonding in the family. Master Sankha Subhra Dey was unable to speak during treatment because of he had tracheostomy. During treatment the patient and the father always communicated with their eyes. (Guess that was their special language and it carried so much of emotions). Of course, they had lot of hope and trust on us . They were extremely cooperative as well.
Patient reported for his first follow up after three months. There was a dramatic improvement in his health. His cough reflex improved. Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing)disappeared. There was no weakness of upper limbs and no neck pain.
Tracheotomy tube was removed. He had a good weight gain, his skin and eyes were literally glowing. He was handsome and beaming with confidence.
Follow up MRI revealed reduction in the size of lesion, contrast enhancing portion of the lesion has reduced significantly.
This young boy who was unfortunately suffering of brain stem SOL, and had no options of surgery was benefited by Cyberknife Robotic Radio Surgery. The patient who comes from a middle income group for whom the same treatment abroad would have been next to impossible could find a cure……………. a treatment ………………. Fortunately at Apollo!
Treatment at par with international standards at a very affordable price.. made this a fantastic first success story that every Apolloites are very proud to talk about………………..!, TOUCHING LIVES
CT PICTURES BEFORE AND AFTER CYBERKNIFE
LESION IN THE BRAIN STEM SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION AFTER CK
CONTRAST ENHANCING PORTION ALMOST DISAPPEARED
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