At 10-years-old, Louisiana native Eric Von Aspern was diagnosed for the first time with a brain tumor. Thirty years and four surgeries later, Eric found himself with continued issues stemming from the meningioma, a benign brain tumor, and the continuous damage it was causing to his vision.
As a video production manager and avid snowboarder, Eric relied on his vision for his profession and personal hobbies. While doctors were able to remove most of the tumor through surgery, a small amount still remained near the optic nerve.
Eric’s doctors recommended Gamma Knife Icon as an alternative solution that could pinpoint the affected brain tissue, accurately and precisely, while leaving the healthy tissue — and the optic nerve — untouched. Choosing Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center for the procedure enabled Eric to receive the most effective treatment in his hometown.
“They make you feel so welcome. The way the team worked together was beautiful,” he says.
His experience with the physicians, staff and technology exceeded his expectations. With the Gamma Knife Icon, Eric’s treatment was entirely frameless, replacing the traditional screwed-in-place frame with a warm, moldable mask uniquely customized to his head for stability throughout the procedure.
“The machine itself is almost silent, and the treatment only took 45 minutes. It was completely painless,” Eric explains.
Eric went to the Cancer Center on a Wednesday morning and was back to work by lunchtime.
While the treatment was simple and successful, the weight of what was on the line for Eric was extraordinary. Yet throughout his journey, he never lost hope that he would find an answer.
“I don’t have to worry about what’s going on with me medically anymore, thanks to this technology, I can just go live.”