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Lung cancer survivor grateful for care, radiation treatment option, from her oncologist and Beacon team

With every cancer diagnosis comes many questions, including what treatment options the patient has. Surgery was the only option for Lori Isack when she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2020. But when her cancer returned earlier this year, Lori learned about an alternative.

That alternative was a highly focused radiation treatment that is commonly referred to as SABR. It’s a non-invasive approach that is done in an outpatient setting.

“A lot of people automatically assume they get lung cancer and they’re going right to surgery,” said Dr. Samuel McGrath, Beacon Medical Group radiation oncologist.

“We always want our patients to have that opinion from the surgeon,” Dr. McGrath said. “But there are a lot of people who are unable to undergo surgery because of their preexisting lung condition, or they hear all that surgery entails and would rather pursue a non-invasive approach.”

Lori said she owes her life to the Beacon cancer care team.
“It’s phenomenal what technology can do, but it boils down to the physician and the treatment plan and Dr. McGrath and Beacon,” she said. “The care I had for this particular cancer, it cannot be underestimated that’s why I’m sitting here able to talk to you.”

Hear more about Lori’s story in this month’s WSBT Eye on Health.


About Heidi Prescott

Passionate about writing her whole life, Heidi Prescott joined Beacon Health System in 2015 and currently serves as Senior Media Relations Strategist. A former newspaper journalist who has experience in TV, radio, magazines and social media, Heidi loves storytelling, photography and spending time in nature.