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Phoebe Putney treats aggressive brain cancer

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dozens of Southwest Georgia residents were treated for the same aggressive brain cancer that Senator John McCain was diagnosed with earlier in the week. 

Phoebe Putney Hospital doctors treated a number of patients with one of the most common brain tumors, glioblastoma.

Doctors said they have 60 to 70 patients that receive daily radiation treatments. Of those, doctors treat about one to two patients with this type brain tumor.

Many patients often show symptoms of headaches and seizures. 

Phoebe doctors use powerful treatments like radiation and chemotherapy to reduce the risk of it coming back after its removed.

"Here at Phoebe we got navigational surgical techniques. Intraoperative to actually look and map out the brain to see what's crucial and can't be cut out with the removal of the tumor," said Radiation Oncologist Dr. Jay McAfee. 

Dr. McAfee said Phoebe also has radiation techniques that are more accurate and precise.

The hospital has machines that can do image-guided radiation therapy to determine the dose of radiation near crucial parts of the body such as the eyes and parts of the brain. 

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