Patient Experience

Carolyn Wassing

Discovering a Surgical Alternative

When Caroline Wassing received the news that her lung cancer had recurred for a third time and she was facing the prospect of yet another invasive surgery, she wondered if she had the strength to go on. "The idea of going through the pain and healing process all over again was almost too much to bear," she says.

Caroline consulted with Timothy A. Jamieson, M.D., Ph.D., board-certified radiation oncologist and medical director, Cancer Care Centers, at Southeast Georgia Health System. He told Caroline she was an ideal candidate for the painless, non-invasive CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgury treatment.

Within days Caroline began the first of four treatments at the Brunswick Campus and was thrilled with the outcome. "There was no pain, no recovery. I got up after my last treatment and walked out the door. I felt great." Caroline also has high praise for Dr. Jamieson and the hospital staff. "They treated me so special, like I was their only patient."

Caroline and her husband, Michael, have resumed their retirement lifestyle. "Thanks to CyberKnife and Dr. Jamieson, I got my life back and can do the things that I enjoy. If my cancer ever does come back, I will definitely use CyberKnife again. Compared to traditional surgery, CyberKnife is a piece of cake."