CyberKnife Patient: Doing a Lot of Good, for a Lot of People

April 27, 2015 12:54 pm
Mr Davey on bike

Byron Davey on his bike in Florida, wearing his CyberKnife T-shirt. “I would get lots of questions about CyberKnife when I wore that around this winter.”

CyberKnife patient Byron Davey, 71, feels incredibly grateful to have been treated by CyberKnife at Mercy Health, which involves no cutting.

A Stage II kidney cancer survivor whose kidney had been removed three years ago, Davey was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the summer of 2013.

“I knew in my heart that I didn’t want – couldn’t go through – another invasive surgery to treat cancer. There had to be a better way for my prostate, a treatment that didn’t have the typical aftereffects of prostate surgery, like incontinence,” said Davey.” I wanted something outpatient; the least invasive method. I was definitely looking for alternatives when I learned about CyberKnife at Mercy Health.”

Davey underwent initial screening with Gil Padula, MD, medical director of CyberKnife, in August of 2014, where it was determined he would be a good candidate for CyberKnife. He then completed his series of five CyberKnife treatments in the fall of 2014.

“It wasn’t just the CyberKnife machine that was excellent, it was the entire team who was treating me,” said Davey. “They were there to support me, and I felt them encouraging me; letting me know I could make it.When they said, ‘we will help you anytime you need help,’ they really meant ‘anytime.'”

A retired pastor, photographer, and physics and chemistry teacher from Belding, Michigan, Davey headed down to Florida for the winter after his treatment was complete. “After CyberKnife treatment, it was so easy to be physically active again. All winter, I was biking a lot and hosting spaghetti dinners and pancake breakfasts. I have been able to do so much good for people.”

Now Davey awaits his six-month check-up, scheduled for early May. But he isn’t just sitting around. An announcer for Belding’s high school track meets, Davey looks forward to the start of the new season.

“It has been so great, being able to go back to life without any side effects. The CyberKnife team at Mercy Health has helped me so much, I am very grateful.”

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Gil Padula, MD, medical director of CyberKnife

For more information on the Mercy Health CyberKnife, please visit www.mercyhealthcyberknife.com.

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