Archbold Memorial Hospital First in Georgia with New Cancer Treatment

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Glinda Hunter isn't your average 64-year-old.

Under her vibrant personality and warm smile, she has the most advanced technology available for treating lung cancer.

After surviving lung cancer in 2010, doctors didn't want Hunter to go through another round of traditional radiation.

They got creative using a machine that sounds more like science fiction than reality -- it turns human hands into robotic arms.

Dr. Steve Johnson is the Director of Radiation and Oncology at Archbold. He is also one of the doctors who operated on Hunter.

Johnson says, "The innovation here is the use of the daVinci, which is a scope-type procedure, then they can do what's called a wedge resection, and after the wedge, we'll sew in a radioactive source called cesium."

Instead of breaking Hunter's ribs to get to her lungs, Johnson and his colleague, Dr. Edward Hall, carefully placed radioactivity through tiny incisions.

Says Hunter, "My two sons, they were like, 'Whoa, momma, well what's this going to mean?' And I said, it's going to mean a miracle."

While it may look like a video game console, the operating machine is actually first in the state - and only the second worldwide - to implant radioactive mesh on the lungs to treat lung cancer.

Hunter still has some recovering to do, but doctors say her 'miracle' is the sign of a new era in precision cancer treatment.

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