Ed Schultz's Story

Treating Cancer with Pinpoint Accuracy

The Lump

For several months, Edward Schultz ignored a lump on his neck, thinking it would go away on its own. When it did not, he underwent scans and learned he had a tumor on his larynx, confirming head and neck cancer.

The TrueBeam Difference

Edward was an informed patient. He went online, learned about treatments for head and neck cancer, and read about a new piece of radiation equipment only available in a handful of medical facilities around the world.

Fortunately for Edward, the equipment had just arrived in Southwest Florida. TrueBeam is a radiation treatment system designed to treat a moving target—such as a tumor that moves slightly when patients breathe—with unprecedented speed and accuracy. It can be used for head and neck, prostate, brain, lung, spine, liver and other cancers.

Constantine Mantz, M.D., Edward's radiation oncologist, explained the benefits of TrueBeam versus traditional radiation.

"With head and neck cancer, conventional radiation therapy often results in permanent side effects to sensitive organs such as the salivary glands, jaw and teeth," Dr. Mantz says. "With TrueBeam, radiation can be directed very precisely onto the cancer and limit the exposure to these sensitive organs. In Mr. Schultz's case, I believe TrueBeam dramatically reduced his side effects."

The Treatment

For eight weeks, five days a week, Edward drove from his home in Bokeelia to the Regional Cancer Center to receive his treatments. He says the drive was worth it because he could see Dr. Mantz, receive radiation treatments and undergo tests and scans—all at one location.

"I feel fortunate to be alive," Edward says. "Cancer is not a good thing, but there are positive aspects. I'll be tested and checked regularly for the rest of my life; so if there's something else going on, I'll know about it sooner than if I didn't have cancer."