Long story short: My dad was diagnosed with a very nasty form of brain cancer: glioblastoma.
We can probably count what's left of his life in months, not years.
He had brain surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible. (75-95% is what we were told originally, then 90%, then we saw the MRI today and it looked closer to 75%.)
Chemo plates were put in his head to kill off what it can of the remainder.
Now we need to discuss radiation surgery to kill what that can.
The options that were presented were:
Gamma Knife at Barnes Jewish (top ranked hospital, older machine with material nearing its half life)
Trilogy at St. Anthony's (not top ranked but much closer to home, brand new machine that should be ready in 1.5 weeks).
My parents have a severe hangup with Barnes, thinking it doesn't live up to it's reputation.
Aside from that, is there anyone out there that can give me an honest and truthful comparison of the two machines and which one you'd recommend?
I can only find sales fluff for both machines, and both are touted as the greatest thing ever.
The same doctor would be working the machine at either facility, but he had nothing good to say about the gamma knife procedure. There's something about him I don't trust, but it's not my call. My family is too emotionally involved in the grieving process to see what I saw: dodging questions, not maintaining eye contact, etc.
Either way, I have to respect my father's wishes, but I want to make sure he was presented all the facts: not the ones a doctor with side agenda would present.