Gamma knife treatment and radiation therapy was the winning combination Kathlene needed to fight her brain metastasis.
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Brain metastases are the most common type of brain cancer and occur when cancer that has started elsewhere in the body spreads to the brain. Treatment may include surgery, such as stereotactic radiosurgery or Gamma Knife treatment, which provides patients with a noninvasive, outpatient treatment option. At The Valley Hospital our physicians and nurse navigators can help you determine the best course of action for your condition.
Several factors need to be considered when determining treatment, such as the size, location and the type of tumor you have, as well as your health status. In addition to surgery and Gamma Knife treatment, other treatments include radiation and/or chemotherapy. Cancer symptoms can be managed with medications and/or complementary therapies.
Cancer cells don’t always stay at the original tumor site. Traveling via the bloodstream or lymphatic system, these cells can take up residence in other parts of the body, spreading the cancer. In most cases of metastatic brain cancer, the cancer originated in the lungs. However, cancer can also spread to the brain from areas such as the breast, skin, colon, kidneys and pancreas.
Brain metastases are more common among middle-aged people, as well as elderly men and women. Unfortunately, however, these tumors can occur in anyone.
As brain metastases grow, they can press against or destroy brain tissue. Though some people have no symptoms, brain metastases can cause symptoms such as:
Brain metastases may be diagnosed through various imaging methods, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scans, positron emission tomography (PET) scans, as well as through a biopsy, or the analysis of tissue samples taken from the tumor.
More than 100,000 patients have been treated with Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for brain metastases worldwide. Studies show that stereotactic radiosurgery has a better outcome compared to whole brain radiation therapy alone. The Valley Hospital’s Gamma Knife is designed for fast, efficient treatment of multiple brain metastases. In fact, no other technology can treat multiple targets in the brain with the same clinical outcome and speed as Gamma Knife Perfexion, the latest and most advanced Gamma Knife technology in the United States.
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The Valley Hospital is pleased to be one of the first hospitals in the United States to offer the Leksell Gamma Knife Icon — the latest technology for the treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors and neurological conditions in the brain.