Apr 19, 2013 11:43 AM by Marissa Torres
There is new hope for patients with inoperable brain tumors.
Light energy, delivered through a laser probe the size of a strand of thin spaghetti, burning away a brain tumor. This revolutionary procedure was performed February 22nd at the University Miami hospital.
"Then using the thermal therapy, you heat up the tip of this laser catheter and you can essentially cook the tumor from the inside out but you protect all the critical structures that are around it and that's what's so exciting about this technology," says neurosurgeon, Dr. Ricardo Komotar.
The patient is 64 year old Thomas Jambeck, Melanoma had spread to his brain.
"I was stumbling all over the place and that's what took us to the MRI that identified the 2 tumors."
His radiation oncologist used "cyberknife" but it failed to control one of the tumors. so Jambeck was referred to Dr. Komotar.
"At this point it is a great option for those carefully selected patients that have tried other modalities and have failed."
The very next day after the procedure, Jambeck left the hospital.
"I actually felt perfect on the way home we needed to run an errand and we stopped at Lowe's and i was on a cart running through the store. I felt as if nothing at all had happened."
While that tumor is gone, others have appeared. The laser will still be an option if all else fails.