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We don't hear about -- cancer every day but it does happen doctors at the Cleveland -- see this rare disease quite often.
But a recent case require them to come up with a novel treatment plan.
-- means is one in a million literally.
She was diagnosed with an extremely rare type of cancer in her heart -- -- -- sarcoma.
The otherwise healthy 64 year old was having shortness of breath and abdominal pain.
My husband was upstairs and who want and I walked up the stairs crawled -- stairs and I said something -- and content and I and I collapsed.
The mother of seven was rushed to a hospital in her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana she -- -- -- various tests and was transported to another area hospital.
Before being told she had a tumor on her aorta and clots throughout her body.
My husband and I just sat and act in the emergency -- I was laying on them that talent.
We decided client and we are devastated and -- home you know this couldn't be can be happening.
-- Venus says those doctors didn't bring up a treatment plan and they simply to our family she only had days to live.
-- Bradley did say.
Hi Karen could -- season.
-- -- to cat hair and talked about old times and the memories determined to give to -- it -- her family brought her to the Cleveland clinic.
But because of the size of the -- and the extent of the disease.
Doctor Eric or Sally says she was not a surgical candidate.
The only good treatment for this that's been proven to be cured.
It's surgical -- section of the but success with that he's really pretty as well.
Her tumor was located on her -- next to her esophagus.
-- So -- is oncologist doctor John grass coverage suggested radiation therapy instead.
The hope was to shrink the two were -- we would be operable in the future.
So we went ahead and -- five weeks of radiation using -- on the -- three dimensional -- -- more radiation therapy.
Which is just focusing beams from different angles in the room to treat the tumor process surrounding normal tissues.
After 25 rounds of radiation.
-- Venus -- what got smaller.
But the -- on -- -- began to break down.
So our doctors have to come up with another approach to treat -- they decided on a stent graft.
To protect the blood vessel when it doesn't sort of -- lines that diseased portion they -- like us leave on the inside and supports it.
This is the first time a stance has been used to help treat heart cancer.
The technology is usually used on heart disease patients.
-- -- -- ended up having five additional fractions of mr.
tactic by duration therapy which are delivered a higher dose than conventional radiation.
-- beat as children and husband were with her every step of the way.
We have a huge -- of eleven Brothers and sisters my mom's and -- -- time.
You know I was right there I mean you know they are making phone calls her you know -- to pass -- aren't they gave -- trips to Cleveland.
The year after being diagnosed he'll -- -- -- continues to shrink.
Doctors of the Cleveland clinic will monitor every six months for more information go to Cleveland clinic dot -- I'm Dr.
Manny Fox News.