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Meet Michael Winter

Michael had only been married for two years and had just celebrated his 39th birthday when he discovered a lump on his left knee. He didn’t remember injuring this area and was a little baffled as to why a lump suddenly appeared. Michael made an appointment with an orthopedic doctor who attempted to take a needle biopsy but no liquid or blood could be extracted. After further investigation it was confirmed that Michael’s lump was an aggressive sarcoma tumor. 

Michael shortly after diagnosis looking over a city.

Michael shortly after diagnosis.

Michael listening to tunes on MRIdian couch.

Michael listening to tunes on MRIdian couch.

“I was shocked and didn’t know exactly what this meant. Would I lose my leg, my life?” His mind began to race. At that moment Michael's life took a new direction. Within three days a team of doctors from the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami Florida were reviewing Michael’s case and recommending MRIdian radiotherapy followed by surgery. Surgery in some cases takes place after radiotherapy if the tumor is operable.

The radiation in Mike’s case was first applied to the tumor reducing the likelihood of tumor recurrence from cancer cells that have spread to the normal tissue next to the tumor called microscopic local spread.

Fortunately for Michael, the Sylvester Cancer Center was one of the first hospitals in the United States to install the MRIdian system. “This was truly an advantage for us. Being able to clearly see Mr. Winter's high-grade sarcoma before each treatment allowed us to be even more confident that we were treating the cancer, which allowed us to modify the plan and preserve as much healthy tissue and bone near the tumor as possible," says Dr. Raphael Yechieli, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Associate Residency Program Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. "By applying MRI guided radiation before surgery we hoped to eliminate the risk of the sarcoma ever coming back.

Raphael Yechieli, MD

Raphael Yechieli, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Associate Residency Program Director of Sylvester Comprehensive cancer Center.

Newlyweds Mike and Gina.

Newlyweds Mike and Gina.

Nine days after Michael’s MRIdian treatment was completed, he underwent surgery where the remaining sarcoma tumor was removed. Michael’s radiation oncologist and surgeon felt very confident that the cancer had been eradicated. Michael continues to be monitored and is feeling very good about his recovery and his future. “I feel grateful that I was able to receive the MRIdian treatment. Now I can look forward to living the rest of my life knowing that my cancer was treated with the most technically advanced radiation system available today.”

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