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Jacqueline Bourdon-Orr

Jacqueline Bourdon-Orr

Meningioma and Gamma Knife Patient

Lake George, Michigan

"The whole procedure took only half a day. There was no pain, no loss of hair, and I was able to go home the same day. They say to expect a week recovery, but it I went to church that Sunday."

Gamma Knife Offered Low-Risk Option for Meningioma Patient

Several years ago, during a CAT scan for a minor head injury, doctors discovered a meningioma (a benign tumor) on the brain stem behind Jacqueline Bourdon-Orr’s left eye. Although not cancerous, meningiomas can grow, putting pressure on vital areas of the brain. In Jacqueline’s case, the tumor was not yet causing any major pain, but she had noticed occasional problems with her vision.

Soon after the diagnosis, Jacqueline was scheduled for open-skull surgery to remove the tumor. But shortly before she was to be wheeled into the operating room, doctors discovered that her potassium level was dangerously low, so the surgery was cancelled.

“It had taken me so long to prepare emotionally for the surgery, especially knowing that I faced weeks of painful recovery and there was a chance the surgery could cause blindness or paralysis,” said Jacqueline. “I just wasn’t sure I could go through that again. When an MRI scan a few months later showed that the tumor hadn’t grown, I decided to skip the surgery and just take my chances.”

Two years later, Jacqueline read about Gamma Knife® radiosurgery, a non-invasive procedure that uses radiation to target and treat brain tumors, which had recently become available at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. She contacted Dr. Copeland, MidMichigan’s medical director of neurosciences, who reviewed her case and assured her she was a good candidate for the Gamma Knife procedure.

“The whole procedure took only half a day,” Jacqueline said. “There was no pain, no loss of hair, and I was able to go home the same day. They say to expect a week recovery, but it didn’t take me that long. I went to church the very next Sunday.”

Six months after the Gamma Knife treatment, Jacqueline went in for another MRI scan, which showed that the tumor had already started to shrink.

“They don’t know if the tumor will go away completely, but they expect it to shrink even more so it won’t cause me any more symptoms,” said Jacqueline. “I’d highly recommend Gamma Knife surgery to anyone.”



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