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WebXtra: Grey's fans listen up

By Courtney Lane - bio | email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The season finale of ABC's hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy is concerning doctors and cancer patients across the country.

That's because in the storyline, Izzy, Katherine Heigl's character, is faced with two agonizing options of treating her melanoma. She can take a toxic drug or undergo a risky brain surgery which could result in memory loss.

Doctors say in real life this isn't the case. Dr. Coty Ho, Chief of Medical Oncology at UTHSC, says patients can undergo radiosurgery, an option the TV show never presented.

"Depending on the size of the brain tumor we would recommend radiation," said Dr. Coty Ho. "For smaller brain lesions now we even have the technology to do what's called radio surgery...you're giving a more concentrated radiation to a very small part of the brain."

Doctors just want to make sure viewers and fans of the show separate fact from fiction.

"I think it's advantageous for these shows to stress a drama part and I think that's why they become popular," said Dr. Coty Ho. "But the reality is there's different types of cancer. Just using the generic word cancer doesn't apply to all of the patients and there's different kinds of treatments for different kinds of cancer."

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