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Cancer Patient Is Treatment Pioneer

In 2009, Diane Bostick fought breast cancer, but it was the kind that typically returns, and it did: in her brain. The two small tumors were in areas too risky for surgery. So, rather than say there was nothing more they could do for her, doctors at Florida Hospital in Orlando used a new technology, laser interstitial thermal therapy.  They inserted a narrow wand through the skull and brain to the lesions and heated the tumor cells enough to kill them, according to the Orlando Sentinel.  Scans show no sign of the cancer in Bostick’s brain.

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