Cancer patients given new treatment options


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR/NBC) - A new procedure, called radiosurgery, gives doctors another option to fight cancerous tumors in their patients.

Janice Fadel has taught for 40 years and even as she fights cancer, she doesn't miss school.

"Everybody tells me to stop teaching, but I think that is what is keeping me going," said Fadel.

Fadel celebrated being cancer-free five years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"I just thought I was over this, but you are never over this. You are always getting it checked," said Fadel. "It just keeps coming back, but I keep fighting it."

The cancer metastasized, first to her neck, where it was treated with chemotherapy and, more recently, 10 spots in her brain.

Fadel's radiation oncologist used a new technology, Novalis TX Radiosurgery, to target each spot with a highly-concentrated dose of radiation.

A new, customized mask replaces the cumbersome, screwed-in head frame to hold patients in place.

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