When San Franciscan Tracy Clifford found out he had a baseball-sized tumor on the base of his spine, he was told surgery was the most common treatment. But that came with the risk that he could lose all functionality below the waist, and there would still be a high risk of recurrence. After researching his options online, he found a paper published by Beaumont’s Peyman Kabolizadeh, M.D., and discovered proton therapy was an option.
“I looked at survivability, length of life and quality of life. Right now, I’m living life to the fullest and have a beautiful wife. We travel, entertain friends and are diehard Giants fans,” explained Tracy. “Beaumont has the most advanced equipment, and someone who is familiar with treatments for my rare cancer. I felt that gave me the best chance of success. Dr. Kabolizadeh has the vehicle and knows how to drive it! Every time we spoke, he was honest, open and candid. His candor was refreshing.”