“I was prepared to die,” Brenda said. After seven months of chemotherapy, radiation, and a mastectomy, Brenda Vincentz-Smithhad defeated breast cancer, but doctors had given her a new diagnosis: brain metastases. Cancer cells from Brenda’s breast had traveled to her brain, attaching to her healthy brain tissue as three separate tumors. To Brenda, brain tumors sounded like the end of the road. To her doctors, they looked more like a pothole, an obstacle that, with the right treatment, Brenda could potentially overcome.

This year, more than 1.7 million Americans are expected to receive a cancer diagnosis1, and more than 15 million people are currently living with cancer.2 The medical technology industry is continually advancing and developing new innovations that improve the health and well-being of patients worldwide, including those living with a cancer diagnosis.

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Shortly after achieving a lifelong goal of becoming a professional BMX athlete, Josh Perry received his first brain tumor diagnosis and wasn’t sure what his future would hold. Today, with the help of medical technology, Josh Perry is living a happy, healthy life.

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Radiotherapy not only shrinks tumors — making them easier to remove — but also lowers the risk of cancer coming back after surgery. In Ashley Oliver’s case, her six-week course of treatment enabled her doctors to shrink her tumor to undetectable levels.