Greater Than Expectations
Jeff Baker's experience in Saint Luke's Radiation Oncology department was not at all what he expected. Instead, it was practically no pain—just gain
At 35, Jeff Baker had the ideal life—married, three young daughters, and a rewarding job. But then he received what he thought was a death sentence. Jeff got the news that he had colorectal cancer.
He needed radiation therapy before he could have surgery and chemotherapy. In their first meeting, the doctors in Saint Luke's Hospital's Radiation Oncology department met with him for nearly three hours. "I'd never had doctors spend so much time with me and be so reassuring," Jeff said.
Saint Luke's has access to all the treatment protocols for cancer—not every hospital does. One reason for this is the highly specialized equipment the Radiation Oncology department uses to precisely treat tumors.
Jeff received radiation treatment for a month, every day, five days a week. Each session took all of five minutes, thanks to the high-tech equipment. "I thought I'd be sick and in pain and that each session would take a long time," Jeff said. The treatment allowed him to face his surgery and chemo from a position of relative strength. "I feel fine now. I'm missing some parts, but I'm still alive," he said. "I did not expect I would be when I first heard the news."