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El Camino Hospital In the News

Revolutionary surgery gives Campbell man new lease on life

Last Updated Oct 2013


Image of Mercury News LogoTom Leitzke, 64, of Campbell is as healthy as can be: he enjoys bicycling, hiking, playing the drums and creating birdhouses. Six years ago, he was told there was only a 7 percent chance he would survive the next five years. Today, Leitzke works a full time job and is happy to be alive...

Leitzke underwent Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery in March 2012. Now, a year and a half later, another CT scan showed that he is cancer free. Dr. Bob Sinha, medical director of radiation oncology at El Camino Hospital, described Cyberknife as "a revolutionary way of delivering radiation therapy." During the treatment, a robot delivers high energy photons into the body with sub millimeter precision, Sinha said. Leitzke's tumor was about two centimeters long: the technology can treat areas as small as 0.4 centimeters and as large as 7 centimeters, he said.

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