Gamma Knife is the “Gold Standard” for Treating Cancer, Non-Malignant Tumors & Illnesses of the Brain

Gamma Knife is the “Gold Standard” for Treating Cancer, Non-Malignant Tumors & Illnesses of the Brain

What is Gamma Knife?

It's not a knife at all. At The Valley Gamma Knife Center, we prefer to call it Knife(less)®

Though the name may sound like a surgical procedure, Gamma Knife is actually an advanced form of radiation therapy that uses multiple focused beams of radiation to target a highly specific area.

Because it is so focused, stereotactic radiosurgery does not affect as much of the surrounding tissue as traditional radiation therapy, such as whole brain radiation, resulting in fewer side effects. And, because it is minimally invasive, stereotactic radiosurgery does not carry any of the risks associated with surgery, has less post-procedural pain, and has a minimal recovery period.

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Outpatient Procedure

Gamma Knife surgery is non-invasive and does not require a hospital stay.

Highest Accuracy

We deliver targeted radiation only to the treatment area, sparing healthy surrounding tissue.

No Incisions Required

Gamma Knife radiosurgery isn’t like traditional surgery at all and doesn’t involve scalpels or incisions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Will I Experience During Gamma Knife Treatment?

Gamma Knife takes place in an outpatient setting in 15-60 minutes. No hospital stay is required, allowing patients to return home that same day.

How Effective is Gamma Knife?

Each condition and each patient are different, but Gamma Knife is 80% – 90% effective for many of the conditions we treat.

What Conditions are Treatable with Gamma Knife?

Generally speaking, Gamma Knife radiosurgery can be used to treat conditions of the head and neck, including brain tumors, vascular malformations and management of chronic pain.

Does Insurance Cover Gamma Knife Treatment?

Our Patient Financial Advocates are here to counsel you and your family on insurance benefits and copayments, and will contact your insurance company directly on your behalf to resolve coverage questions.

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I was not going to back down from cancer; I had to get moving and find my best treatment option.

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Get Your Questions Answered, By a Real Person.

Our Patient Liaison is here to help you understand your next step. After discussing your specific case, she can help you navigate your medical records, answer insurance questions, and connect you with one of our nurses, at no charge to you.