Breast Cancer Patient Finds Pain Relief with Radiosurgery Theresa Barrett was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Her disease at that time was stage one. She and her doctors, at another hospital, were aggres- sive. They chose to remove both breasts, followed by chemother- apy and five years of estrogen- blocking treatment. In 2010, she transferred her care to the University of Chicago Medicine. In 2013, her doctors found a new lump under her right arm. Two weeks later, she felt a new pain, this time in her back. Her cancer had metastasized, moved from her breast to one of the bones of her spine­ —the fourth thoracic verte- bra (T4). Surgery wasn’t an option. Instead, she went through radiation, plus additional chemo, followed by more hormone therapy. She was then introduced to Dr. Pitroda, who recommended radiosurgery. “Dr. Pitroda told me I was a text-book candidate, that I would respond well and that we should give it a go, just to get rid of the pain.” Barrett completed all three radiosurgery treatments in December, 2016. Then she had to wait three months for the swelling to go away. “I chose not to get excited,” she recalled. “It’s just another procedure.” But, in March, a PET scan, and then an MRI, showed no evidence of metastatic disease on T4. This was “a turning point,” Barrett said, “the first time that I’ve had such great news. With this disease, it’s rare to smile when you get results.” Barrett still has metastatic disease. Tumors on thoracic vertebras 7 and 8 continue to grow and new ones could emerge at any time. But, the worst of her pain is gone. Barrett has been spending time with her family and can once again take Jack, her neglected Labrador retriever, out for short walks. Dr. Pitroda with Theresa Barrett 21