Medical Update: Latest Cancer treatment now in Laredo
Nov 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM CST
Nov 3, 2013
Laredo's mayor, Raul Salinas, lost his mother to breast cancer years ago. He says he wishes back then, Laredo had the technology it has now. Raul Salinas has fond memories of his mother. "My mom was a very special lady, she made me what I am today and when I think of breast cancer month, I always think about my mom." He says he remembers his mother as a strong woman, always putting her family first. "She always put the kids, she even put the little animals the little pets first, and she was the last one to sit at the dining table, there was 9 of us... so there was a lot of tortillas to be made." So when she was diagnosed with breast cancer it was hard on him and the family to watch their mother go through it. "I think that she took it in stride, she was very strong, I think she didn't want us to be really affected but she was very strong and she did the best she could to fight it." Today, great strides have been made in the way breast cancer is detected and treated, and Laredo is leading the way with the best technology available. "As the machine goes around it takes pictures, it actually takes anywhere between 500 to 700 single pictures... and a cat scan at the end of the process." Doctor Amir Sadeghi says the true beam system at LMC makes radiation treatments easier on the patient, and much more effective in fighting the cancer. "The black area is the opening of the radiation field, everything else is blocked." "With this technology the dose to the normal tissue is so small that it does not cause any toxicity whatsoever." It's a technology Salinas says he's proud to have in the gateway city. "I think the technology that we have and the fact that you can be treated right here in Laredo, I think that's important, I think the family support is a big factor, and I gotta tell you every October I think about my mom and I think it's important that women get examined."