Treating the brain is far from simple, but our mission is.

Invest more in our team. Invest more in our technology. Produce better outcomes.

Meet our renowned physicians.

The Gamma Knife Center at The Valley Hospital is staffed by highly qualified physicians who have treated hundreds of patients and leverage a multidisciplinary approach to provide better outcomes.

Noninvasive, little to no discomfort, home today.

Gamma Knife is a form of stereotactic radiosurgery that is used to treat many conditions of the head and neck. As one of the top treatment options for brain tumors, patients benefit from a faster procedure with fewer side effects and little to no recovery period.

How does Gamma Knife produce better outcomes?

While both Gamma Knife® and CyberKnife® are state-of-the-art technologies, Gamma Knife is considered the “gold standard” all over the world for treating cancer, non-malignant tumors and illnesses of the brain.

We’re focused on the same thing you are: Outcomes.

Our outcomes speak for themselves. Learn more about our patients’ experiences and the care they received from our team at The Gamma Knife Center at The Valley Hospital.

Is Gamma Knife right for me?

An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor that arises in the brain. These tumors do not spread, but they can negatively affect a patient’s day-to-day activities and include symptoms such as hearing loss and balance instability.

Metastatic brain cancer is made up of cells that have spread from cancer elsewhere in the body. It is the most common form of brain cancer.

A craniopharyngioma is a benign brain tumor that is formed during fetal development. The patient is born with this tumor, but it is slow-growing and can take time for symptoms to develop, which tend to appear before age 14 or after age 45.

Gliomas are brain tumors that develop from glial cells that support neurons with nutrients and oxygen. There are different grades of gliomas that are determined based on the cell from which the tumor developed.

Meningiomas arise from the meninges, which cover the brain and spinal cord and push into the brain. Most meningiomas are benign, but some are more aggressive. Some patients have no symptoms, while others will have symptoms arising from pressure on the brain by the tumor.

The pineal gland is responsible for making melatonin, which helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. There are different types of pineal tumors, which vary in symptoms and aggressiveness. These tumors represent about one percent of brain tumors and may be benign or malignant.

The pituitary gland produces many of the body’s hormones. A patient with a pituitary tumor may experience symptoms either because the tumor itself presses on the brain and/or visual center, or because it produces excess hormones.

Skull base tumors either arise from or are found within the area of the skull on which the brain rests. This group of tumors is classified based on location, so there are multiple skull base tumor types. Each type will vary in aggressiveness and symptoms and requires different types of treatment.

The vestibulocochlear nerve is the cranial nerve responsible for hearing and balance. A vestibular schwannoma is a tumor that arises from this nerve. These tumors are benign and grow slowly, but can cause issues by impinging on nearby tissues.

Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a tangle of blood vessels that impact blood flow to the affected area of the body. AVMs can occur anywhere but are typically found in the brain or spinal cord. An AVM is not a tumor, but rather a developmental malformation.

The trigeminal nerve is responsible for transmitting sensory information from the face to the brain, which includes general touch and pain. Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic condition where pain is felt in areas served by the trigeminal nerve, like the eye and cheek.

Vascular malformation is a general term referring to an abnormality of blood vessels, which can include arteries, veins and/or lymphatic vessels. They can be found anywhere in the body but require the attention of a specialist if they are located within the brain.

Our nurse navigator,
your concierge.

 

What to expect.

The Gamma Knife Center’s nurse navigators are the backbone of our patient support system. They act as the go-to people for assistance with everything including verifying insurance, scheduling appointments and educating patients and their families. They will field your questions and concerns, care for you on treatment day and coordinate follow-up care. As your personal care concierge, they will be with you during the entire process on your road to recovery.

Gamma Knife was given
a bad name…literally.

Gamma Knife is not a knife.

Gamma Knife
is not a knife at all.

Although it sounds like a surgical procedure, Gamma Knife is actually a form of radiation therapy.

The treatment
of choice.

Gamma Knife has become the preferred treatment option for head and neck conditions due to the long list of benefits that this minimally invasive treatment offers.

So, how does
Gamma Knife work?

Using focused beams of radiation, the Leskell Gamma Knife® Icon delivers precise treatment to the targeted area.

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